Jan 26, 2017 News
A DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) test will have to be done on the remains of a murdered man, after two families showed up, claiming ownership of the corpse. The body was found at Iguana Sand, Cuyuni River, last month,
The only name given to the police for the victim, who was a miner, is “Dougla.” The man’s face was partially disfigured after he was allegedly beaten to death between December 23 and 24, last.
Forty-three year-old dredge owner, Fidel Spencer, of Sand Creek, South Rupununi, has been charged for the murder.
Meanwhile yesterday, a woman named Kuntie Dhani visited Kaieteur News, with an impassioned claim that the body is that of her 38-year-old son Gordeo Dhani.
Dhani said that she was in Trinidad when she received a phone call that her son had been murdered. The woman had migrated there six years ago after losing her home in a fire.
“I booked my ticket and come here (Guyana) and the next day I went straight to the parlour and identify the body. I know it was my son. From the time I see his body I know it was him. Although his face is battered, you can still recognize him,” the woman related.
She said that she then went and gave the necessary information to the police, while her family started preparing for burial. However, when the woman went back to the parlour, she was told that there was a second family claiming ownership of the body and instructions were given to the operator of the establishment not to release the man’s remains.
Dhani said that she went to the Criminal Investigation Department where she met with senior police officers and was informed that a young woman had claimed that the body is that of her brother.
Dhani said that she was informed that a DNA test will have to be done to determine whether the body is that of her son, even though she says she is positive that it is her son’s remains.
“Something is going on here, because I don’t see how this person can come and say it is her brother when you could clearly see it is my son,” the woman lamented.
She said that the problem she has is that all the photographs she had with her son were destroyed when her house was burnt. She also has pictures of him when she was a child.
Commander of ‘F’ Division, Senior Superintendent Ravindradat Budhram said that advice was sought and it has been decided that a DNA test has to be done.
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