By Rehanna Ramsay
More than two years after arsonists torched a Robb Street, Georgetown building roasting its occupants alive, police have charged the alleged culprits and placed them before the court.
Ganga Kishna, 72, a businessman of Lot 11 North Road, Bourda and his employee Avishkar Kissoon, 24, of Lot 1 Sherriff Street, Georgetown appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on a joint murder charge.
According to the arraignment, between November 16 and December 21 , 2014 Kishna and Kissoon murdered Theresa Rozario, Feresa Rozario and Hilrod Randolph Thomas in the course or furtherance of arson at a dwelling house.
The men were not required to plead to the charge. Their Attorney, Mark Conway, provided the court with short details about his clients.
He told the court that Kishna is the owner of a welding shop and his co accused is employed as a welder at the said establishment. The men were remanded to prison after their brief appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan.
The case, which took police investigators more than two years to crack, showed progress last week after a drug addict confessed to police that he was offered money to set fire to a disputed Robb and King Streets building in November 2014.
Police Investigators were told that a city businessman, who has claimed ownership of the property, had paid the ‘junkie’ to set the building on fire.
Police believed that the building was torched to drive out individuals who were also claiming ownership by way of prescriptive rights.
The property, which had been at the centre of a prolonged dispute, was being occupied by Hilrod Randolph Thomas and his two daughters at the time of the fire.
Theresa Rozario, 15, and her sister Feresa Rozario, 12, were trapped in the early morning inferno.
They were reportedly asleep at the time the fire destroyed their home. Their father, Hilrod Randolph Thomas jumped through a window but suffered second and third degree burns. He later succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
Back then, Rosemary Rozario, the mother of the two girls, had claimed that a businessman had threatened to torch the building. She said that someone had also made previous attempts to burn the building.
A male street-walker later told reporters that he was standing at the corner of King Street and North Road when he noticed a car continuously traversing the area.
The man said that two individuals exited the vehicle and headed to the Robb Street building. One of the men kicked a door open, entered the property and made an unsuccessful attempt to set it alight.
The eyewitness recalled that one of them returned to the building with a bottle-lamp and again attempted to set the building alight. The men both ran back to the vehicle and made good their escape.
But last week, after years of continuous investigations, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum disclosed that police had arrested persons in connection with the crime. Blanhum said that police held a confrontation with the informant and the alleged mastermind of the crime.
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