–had called first victim weeks before slaying spouse
Twenty two-year-old Aszeema Alli has been living in fear for the past two years after her ex-lover stabbed her multiple times on Valentine’s Day, in 2015.
And now she has reportedly gone into hiding after learning that the same man, who was never arrested, killed his 17-year-old common law wife just three days ago.
Ryan Singh, the suspect, who is said to be in his late 20s, is wanted by police for the brutal stabbing of Rosanna Lakhpal on Saturday at No. 2 Village East Canje, Berbice.
It is still unclear how Singh managed to elude police after a manhunt was launched to capture him.
Yesterday, Kaieteur News tracked down relatives of Aszeema Alli, the woman who had almost suffered a similar fate two years ago.
Alli’s relatives said that she and Ryan Singh had been involved in a relationship while she was a 14-year-old school girl. They never lived together.
During the early stages of the relationship, Alli’s parents never knew of her involvement with the older man. But once they found out they never approved and Alli on numerous occasions reportedly “use to get away” to spend time with her lover.
A relative related that Alli was very secretive about her relationship with the man and they only learnt that he was in the habit of abusing her after the Valentine’s Day stabbing, which has left her with several scars and limited mobility in one of her hands.
On February 14, 2015, Alli and Singh got into a heated argument over someone she was texting on her mobile phone.
The incident reportedly occurred during a party at the suspect’s home, shortly after Singh had lured Alli into a room and tried to force himself on her.
Alli reportedly told her lover that she was seeing someone else. He reportedly punched her to the face, and after she fell, drew a knife and began stabbing her to her neck, chin, face, back and other parts of the body.
Based on reports, Alli only escaped with her life because her brother-in-law intervened and shoved Singh off of her.
“She went real bad… At one point we thought she would not have lived,” a relative said.
From all indications, the relative said that the gruesome stabbing of Alli was premeditated since Singh attempted to drink poison afterwards. But he was never arrested, and apparently fled to Berbice.
Living in fear
But he reportedly contacted Alli earlier this year and told her that he loved her and that he was sorry for what he did. Again, he contacted Alli a few weeks prior to killing Lakhpal and told her that he and Lakhpal were getting married.
Instead, Lakhpal ended up dead.
Her body, with throat slit, was found covered with sheets in the hall of the apartment she and her unemployed common law husband had shared.
The teenager, who worked as a baby sitter,
was reportedly involved in a heated argument with the suspect prior to the killing.
Nadira Persaud, whose children the teen baby-sits, said that she had gone to the girl’s home and observed that someone had set some clothing alight in the back- yard.
““I deh calling for Rosanna and me nah hear nothing. Then I call me (Raki) brother on the phone and when he come he ask me wa happen and I tell he I meet the door open and that I calling and nobody answering”, Persaud explained.
At that point they both decided to enter the home and called out for the teen, but again no answer. They were in the upper flat of the two storied concrete building, she said, when they decided to check in the lower flat where the teen lived with her common law husband.
It was then that they discovered young Rosanna’s body lying on the floor in the hall of the apartment covered with sheets. “We see she foot first but then I de still calling on her thinking she sleeping. But is when I pull she head I see the throat and I start holler. The cushion from the chair did brace next to she face,” the woman said.
Kaieteur News understands that the suspect was evicted from the home two days prior to the killing. The couple was said to be involved in frequent fights and arguments over the Singh’s drug habit and unemployment.
The suspect would also physically assault the teen whenever she asks for money, according to police sources. What is believed to be the murder weapon was discovered in a toilet bowl some distance from where the teen’s body was found.
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