Jul 02, 2016 News
By Romila Boodram
A Best Squatting Area man ran amok around 04.00 hrs yesterday, butchering his wife and two-year-old son, and hacking off his own mother’s arm at the family’s West Coast Demerara home.
Suresh Ganesh attacked his wife, Vanessa Sookram, 34, almost severing her neck and reportedly chopping off some of her fingers.
He also turned his cutlass on his two-year-old son, Joel Ganesh. The child died from wounds to the stomach and hands.
Suresh Ganesh did not spare his own mother.
He chopped one of her arms off and inflicted another wound on her back.
The woman, 49-year-old Jennifer Monplaisir, managed to escape, but her arm was so badly damaged that doctors were forced to amputate it.
The killer, still carrying the murder weapon, fled from the Lot 57 Best Squatting Area residence to Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara. There, he attacked a resident, but was then shot while attempting to chop a policeman.
He was treated at the West Demerara Hospital before being placed in custody.
Reports are that the 27-year-old Ganesh was high on drugs when he went on his rampage.
According to police sources, Ganesh went berserk shortly after being told that his reputed wife was having an affair with a man who reportedly sold marijuana.
He reportedly told police that he was stressed out because he wasn’t working and no one was giving him anything. He then heard about the ‘affair’.
According to reports, the killer’s mother, Jennifer Monplaisir, was asleep in her home, which is in front of her son’s, when she heard her son shouting that he was hungry and wanted food.
Mrs. Monplaisir took a piece of bread from her home and went to her son’s shack to give him the bread.
But while walking in the swampy area, towards her son’s home, she noticed him standing on his verandah with a cutlass in his hand.
Not sensing any danger, she continued in his direction and just as she was about to hand him the bread, he chopped her, almost severing her hand.
According to reports, the woman ran back to her home, but received another chop to her back. Monplaisir managed to run inside her house and shut her door.
Her reputed husband, Ronald Willis, said that he was in the kitchen making tea when he heard his wife screaming. He then saw her running for her life, with his armed step-son hot on her heels.
The terrified man said that when his wife got inside the house, they locked the door and the suspect left.
However, shortly after Ganesh left, Willis said he heard screaming in the suspect’s house.
“After he chopped his mother, he went home and started chopping his wife and son. We hear them screaming and after a few minutes, the place was silent,” Willis said.
He further explained that while they were inside the house he noticed that his wife was bleeding profusely and decided to rush her to the hospital.
Willis added that just as he, his wounded wife and son were making their way out of the yard, the suspect showed up with his cutlass.
Meanwhile, police sources said that shortly after 09:00 hrs yesterday, the suspect showed up at a house in Samaroo Dam, Pouderoyen.
The woman who lived there asked him what the matter was and he reportedly told her that someone was chasing him.
He then ran into the woman’s house and started chopping items inside the home.
“The woman ran over by a neighbour, David Persaud, who tried to speak to the suspect to calm him down.
Shortly after that, he (Ganesh) saw the police and chopped David and he run towards the police to chop them. That’s when he was shot,” a resident said.
Ganesh, who was shot in the hand, was treated at the West Demerara Regional Hospital before being taken into custody.
Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum, said that Ganesh will be taken for a psychiatric evaluation before charges are laid.
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