The saying that a killer always returns to the scene of his crime held true this week, and led to the capture of a mining camp employee who has since confessed to clubbing his boss to death last month and stealing his gold.
On February 2, the skeletal remains of Jaynarine Basdeo, a gold miner of Fort Ordinance, East Canje Berbice was found at Kurubang, Mazaruni. A length of wood was near the remains.
Police suspected that Basdeo, said to be about 70, was slain in mid-January by his 32-year-old employer, Ramishpan, who was now missing.
On Monday, police arrested a man at Five Mile Junction, Mid-Mazaruni, with some 600 grammes of marijuana in his possession. It was only when they had taken him to a police station that the ranks realised that their prisoner was Ramishpan, the mining camp employee, who was wanted for Basdeo’s murder.
According to the police, the suspect, who is from Berbice, confessed to killing Basdeo. He claimed that he had worked for the miner for about three weeks and that in January, he asked his employer for his money, which amounted to ten pennyweight of gold. He claimed that Basdeo refused to pay him, and struck him on the arm with a length of wood after they quarrelled. The suspect claimed that he managed to disarm Basdeo and struck him twice to the head.
Leaving the murder weapon near the body, the suspect said he then went into the mining camp and removed 12 pennyweight of gold from a bucket under Basdeo’s bed.
The employee then headed to ‘the landing’ and later travelled to Bartica. After that, he returned to his home in Berbice.
On Monday, he decided to return to the interior, and it was then that he was held at Mazaruni.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum said that DNA samples have been taken from the remains and from some of the victim’s relatives to confirm identification.
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