By Malisa Playter Harry
Exactly two months after Crabwood Creek vendor, Saeed ‘Sayo’ Hamid went missing from his home at lot 41 Crabwood Creek, police in B’ Division have made inroads into the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.
Hamid left his home at Crabwood Creek on April 19, and was not seen since. He had reportedly told his youngest son, aged 16, that he was going out and would return to prepare dinner. After the entire night passed, the following day the teenager made contact with his eldest brother who lives in Georgetown and informed him that their father had not returned home. A report was subsequently made by the siblings on April 20 at the Springlands Police Station.
Two men have since confessed to the killing of the vendor and have led ranks to the spot where his remains were burnt. The body was reportedly burnt by the suspects aback of the residence of one of the suspects where a Hindu temple is also situated at Bennett Dam, Rosignol, West Coast Berbice.
The men who are currently in custody have been identified as an ex-cop and former murder accused, whose matter was discharged in December 2014, and a former murder accused, who was found not guilty and freed at the Berbice High Court in October 2017.
Hamid was last seen entering a car at the Palmyra Bridge entrance. He had told relatives that he was heading to Rosignol to conduct some business, while he told others he was heading to Parika.
“They accusing one another of who do the killing, but one seh that the other lash the man in he head and he fall unconscious, then they burn he body at the back”, a senior police source told this publication.
At the scene, pieces of burnt tyres along with what appeared to be some digging, approximately one metre in depth was seen, and was close to five metres in distance from the temple. There were no close neighbours in sight.
Divisional Commander Lyndon Alves revealed that information that was received led to the arrest of the two suspects on Wednesday and under intense interrogation the men led investigators to the charred remains of what they say is that of Saeed Hamid.
Alves said, “during the early part of the investigation when we received the report of the missing person, we would have made some arrests and statements were taken. Other interventions were done, but we were not able to locate the missing man, and we met a dead end”.
He went on to state that based on additional information received, they re-arrested two men. The two men, he added, “took the police to a location where they claimed that this man was killed and his body was burnt. Police discovered the burnt remains of what appeared to be bones from the location pinpointed by the two suspects”.
Alves explained that due to the condition of the remains, a DNA test will be done to ascertain if it is that of Hamid. He declined to state whether a motive for the alleged murder was given by the suspects during the interrogation or whether a murder weapon was located or involved. He also said that items which Hamid left with on April 19th, last, were not recovered.
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