A 62-year-old Rosignol, West Coast Berbice pensioner was arrested by police yesterday morning after he allegedly murdered his girlfriend at his home sometime after midnight on Wednesday.
Dead is Shabana Babita Ishack, 40, while her attacker, Leonard Allan, was arrested after he delivered the fatal blow to her head with a piece of wood following a heated argument.
According to a neighbour, ‘Shabana’ who originally hails from No.2 Village, East Canje, Berbice would regularly visit Allan – at his Lot 70 Burnham Avenue residence – after they struck up a relationship when his wife died in February.
On the day in question, the couple, said to be alcoholics, was reportedly consuming alcohol as they normally would when Ishack visits. The neighbour said that the couple began drinking sometime around 17:00 hrs on Tuesday and ‘Shabana’ had cooked for Allan, but he was not pleased with the food. This allegedly angered him and he ordered the woman to consume all the food that she cooked since he did not like it.
“She couldn’t ah eat out that food, because dem bin drinking, and he get vex because he tell she the food ent cook good, and he start beat she from in the afternoon (Tuesday) till two o’clock next morning. She was screaming and crying and so, but dem neighbours frighten to go and intervene, because he does cuss we too,” an eyewitness recounted.
One female neighbour explained that while the suspect was thrashing the woman he brought up other issues and accused her of stealing his money among other things, “he deh beating she and telling she how she thief he gold ring, money and all kinda thing, but she was hollering for neighbours, but we didn’t go and put in we mouth because eventually he does want cuss yuh and so”.
The neighbour stated that after hours of beating the woman’s screams and moaning ceased – around 2:00 am Wednesday when it is alleged that he clobbered her to the head with a piece of wood.
“After we ent hear no more sounds, I wait till morning fuh seh that I wudda go over and talk to he, because is a normal thing for him to deh beating the girl,” she said.
When she ventured over to the house located in the next lot and ventured upstairs to the wooden building, she saw Allan sitting on the bed which appeared to be soaked in blood and he told her “come, this girl look like she dead hay”. He had already covered her with a sheet, “when I raise up the sheet it had blood and so, and she didn’t look like she was breathing, so I tell he that she dead”.
The police were subsequently contacted and upon their arrival, the suspect was still sitting on the bed in the cramped one-bedroom house. He was immediately arrested and the woman’s body was taken away.
According to Divisional Commander Lyndon Alves, they are currently trying to locate the relatives of the dead woman. Investigations are ongoing.
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