– neighbour slaughtered family after they woke while he was picking up loot
Jennifer Persaud woke in late September 21, 2012, to find a robber in her bedroom. When she grabbed the intruder, he slashed her throat, before slaughtering her six and one year-old sons.
For close to four years, the identity of the killer of the Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara family remained unknown.
But all that changed last Saturday, when the reputed wife of a Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo barber complained to police that he had assaulted her. Then she dropped the bombshell: She claimed that her spouse had also slaughtered the Persaud household back in September, 2012, while he was their neighbour.
The suspect, identified as Abishai Caesar, 31, of Tuschen Squatting Area, was arrested shortly after the woman made the complaint to the police. He reportedly told investigators that he had merely intended to rob the family, but killed them when they awoke, since they knew him.
Caesar, who has previous break and enter convictions, has reportedly told police that he’d been around the Persaud family, and knew that there was a space in their back door through which he could lift the latch.
His intention, he claimed, was to merely make off with the family’s valuables. The thief said he gained entry to the house, and found a box of money in the bottom flat.
Deciding that the money was not enough, he then went to the top flat and found another box of cash in the bedroom where Jennifer Persaud and her two sons lay sleeping.
But as he was about to make off with the box, Jennifer Persaud awoke and saw him. Caesar said that the woman held onto him and he responded by slashing her throat.
The commotion caused her six-year-old son, Afridi, to awake. He killed little Afridi too, as well as the boy’s 15-month-old brother, Jadon.
The killer, who was wearing gloves, then headed home with his loot. His reputed wife saw his bloodstained gloves and the box of money. He told her everything. She kept the gruesome crime a secret for close to four years.
But the couple fell out last Saturday when Caesar allegedly assaulted her. She filed a complaint to the police. For good measure, she also told the police about the murder.
After police arrested him, investigators took the suspect back to the scene of the murder. He reportedly showed them how he had entered the house, and also provided further details that further implicated him.
Charges are likely early this week.
Jennifer Persaud, called ‘Jenny’, 41, six-year-old Afridi, and 15-month-old Jadon of Lot 67 Sea View, Anna Catherina, were found with their throats slashed when family members entered the Lot 67 Sea View, Anna Catherina home o September 23, 2012.
Mrs. Persaud had operated a bar at the residence and her father, Kumar Persaud, had become worried after his grandson reported that he had found the business place locked tight when he visited.
According to the father, he called the Leonora Police Station and was advised to make checks at the home.
Mr. Persaud, who was accompanied by his wife and grandson, became even more concerned when he arrived at the house and found the back door open. The relatives ventured inside and found the bodies of Jennifer Persaud, Afridi and Jadon in a bedroom.
Afridi was on his mother’s chest and there were reportedly cuts on the woman’s hands, indicating that she attempted to defend herself.
The slain woman’s father had stated that he found $40,000 and some jewellery next to his daughter’s corpse.
He had suggested that robbery might not have been the motive.
Police had detained Persaud’s reputed husband after he arrived at the scene in a taxi while police were doing their investigations.
He was reportedly thrown out of the home after Persaud discovered that he was selling drugs. She had made several reports of abuse against him to the police.
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