By Malisa Playter-Harry
Berbicians are in utter shock after the gruesome murder of a woman and her daughter yesterday, committed by a man residents described as “quiet”. The man later hung himself.
Dead are 38-year-old Bhindomattie Seetaram, her daughter Aneila Khan, 21, and Jainarine Seetaram called ‘Rado’, all of lot 1078 Glasgow Housing Scheme, East Bank Berbice.
Seetaram’s 11-year-old son, Mahesh, managed to escape an attempt by his own father to end his life.
Authorities say that sometime around 9:30 am yesterday, an argument erupted in the bottom flat of the two-storey wooden house, between the unemployed Seetaram and his wife, about her having an alleged affair. The two children were in the upper flat.
Mahesh Seetaram told police that while they were upstairs, he heard his mother tell his father “move from next to me”. This prompted both himself and his sister to venture to the lower flat.
It was there that he saw his father, armed with a hammer, standing over his mother who was sitting in a hammock, and striking her head several times with the tool.
He said his mother slumped to the ground and his father in a rage, turned his attention to him and tried to lash him with the hammer, but he managed to escape to his grandmother’s house, located a street away. There he informed her of what took place and they both ventured back to the house.
As they walked in, they discovered his sister, who appeared to have been stabbed, with blood about her body and face, lying unconscious in a pool of blood near his mother who appeared to be already dead. There was no sight of his father, since residents who had already gathered told them that he escaped with a knife in hand and a canvas rope.
It was the residents who alerted the police that the man was seen running away, and the direction in which he went. He was found hanging from a beam in an abandoned house, three streets away from the crime scene with one of the murder weapons (a knife) tucked in the beam.
Aneila Khan succumbed to her injuries on the way to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital while her mother died on the spot.
The police are currently in possession of both murder weapons, while the three bodies are at the New Amsterdam Hospital Mortuary awaiting post mortem examinations.
Four jeep loads of police including Divisional Commander Lyndon Alves were at the scene shortly after the incident occurred.
Irate residents could be heard shouting “stop the killing… stop killing our women” as the body of Bhindomattie Seetaram was being brought out from the house to be transported in the hearse. Brain matter was seen splattered beneath the hammock where the woman was found lying.
It was during that time that the lawmen were alerted by an off duty Community Policing Group member that the suspect had been found. The police, armed with guns, ran towards the location where he was seen, with many residents following closely behind.
The man was discovered hanging with his legs folded upwards.
The CPG off duty member, Trevor Marcus, related that he was home when he heard his neighbour yelling “the guy is boring her, the guy is boring her”. He said that when he ran out he saw the suspect running into the canefield aback of the house.
“I run after him but I didn’t catch him…then he disappeared. We continued looking and then we saw that the guy hang himself underneath a house and the police came after”.
He was found clad in a red shirt and a blue pants.
Meanwhile, speaking to the grieving father of Bhindomattie Seetaram, Mohanlall Behari, he explained that early yesterday morning he went to his daughter’s house to tend to some livestock while ‘Rado’ was seen “eating a tennis roll” and Bhindomattie was doing some household chores downstairs. The children he said were upstairs.
He recounted that he spoke with them as normal and subsequently left, shortly after he got the call that his daughter and granddaughter had been murdered by his son-in-law.
According to him, ‘Rado’ was unemployed for a few years after the Cement Factory located on the East Bank closed operations. He served as a security guard at the business.
Behari stressed that many times his daughter would complain that his son-in-law “nah want go and look ah job”.
This, he noted, was a burden on his daughter and grandchildren, since himself and wife would sometimes have to lend a helping hand financially. His granddaughter, he revealed, only got married in April 2017, and her husband currently resides overseas. He too would chip in financially along with the son-in-law’s brother.
His granddaughter was expected to migrate and join her husband Ryan Khan.
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