A labourer of Betsy Ground, East Canje, Berbice was yesterday found dead with gunshot wounds at a cattle ranch located some six miles from the New Forest main road where he was employed.
The deceased has been identified as Harrinarine ‘Ding’ Samaroo, 51, while the man who reportedly escaped, Frederick Bascom, called ‘Freddy’, is currently in police custody. Police have since confirmed that two other persons of interest have also been arrested.
According to information provided by the police, the alleged murder took place between the June 3, last, at 18:30 hrs and June 4, at 13:30 hrs at New Forest, East Canje Berbice.
Samaroo was at a camp in an area known by farmers as ‘Self Help’, New Forest. The camp also consisted of the cattle ranch, which he was tasked with to oversee the daily running since the owner, Debbie Rangadoo, 49, is residing in Canada.
His co-worker, Frederick Bascom, 28, of Reliance, East Canje was also at
the camp. It is alleged by Bascom that at 18:30hrs on June 3, he was lying at the lower flat of the camp house in a hammock, while Samaroo was in the yard west of the house.
He stated that he felt a lash to his left hand and a gunshot fired, this prompted him to run since he felt they were under attack. He reportedly jumped through a southern window at the said bottom flat and escaped while leaving Samaroo behind. He managed to reach to the Reliance Police Station and reported the matter whilst the owner’s brother was informed.
The brother along with police then ventured to the location and discovered that the deceased was lying on his right side in a crouching position approximately 20 feet from the house, next to a wood and chain link fence. The body was examined and what appeared to be a gunshot wound was seen on the right side of his neck and on the left ear. Egress from the location and ingress could only be accessed by boat.
The owner’s brother also reported that at least 10 sheep were missing from the ranch.
Divisional Commander Lyndon Alves said that they are currently treating the case as a murder although livestock were reportedly stolen.
Meanwhile, sister of the dead man, Drupattie Samaroo explained that her brother came out from camp some two weeks ago and visited her and other siblings.
He subsequently left for camp shortly after where he spends most of his time, she said. She stated that she received a message yesterday that her brother was shot and killed.
“All me hear that meh buddy get shoot and dead and me come way at me mother and cry. This bai wa went in deh with he ah claim that when he hear the shot fire he jump out the hammock and run.
“Me believe this is some kinda foul play because people ah seh that the boy (Bascom) does trip out”.
Bascom was said to have started work with Samaroo at the camp some time last year.
Another sister, Mohini Nathoo, told this publication that Bascom’s father visited her home to inform her that Samaroo was shot and killed.
“He come and tell a bai how meh buddy get shoot and he son jump out of the window when he hear the shot. Dis bai (Bascom) does carry in goods and suh fuh dem and sometimes he daddy does carry in for dem”.
Samaroo was not married and had no children. He is said to have spent most of his life at the camp area.
Investigations are ongoing.
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