-two in custody
The case of a pensioner from Rose Hall Town who went missing in 2015 was recently re-opened after new information surfaced about the persons who may have allegedly been involved in his disappearance .
Percival Johnson, who was 76 at the time of his disappearance, lived at Lot 36 Sir David Street, Rose Hall Town with his grandson and grand daughter-in-law. The pensioner lived in the upper flat of the two- storeyed wooden building while the couple lived in the bottom flat.
According to reports, the elderly man left his home on April 13, 2015 and was never seen again. The grandson who stayed with him had reportedly made a missing person report at the Rose Hall Town outpost but over time, he gave several accounts of when was the last time he saw his grandfather.
Three years later, Johnson’s step-daughter, has since decided to have the police reopen the case after she reportedly received new information. Her concern led to the arrest of the missing man’s grandson and wife who lived with him.
They were arrested on Wednesday at the Rose Hall Town address and remain in police custody.
Terry Roopnarine, 26, the brother of one of the suspects spoke with this publication and revealed that him along with his aunt who raised the matter are of the belief that his brother and his wife played a part in Johnson’s disappearance.
Roopnarine said when his grandfather went missing, he was working in the Guyana Defence Force and had returned to Rose Hall in May 2015, approximately a month after Johnson disappeared. He stated that when he arrived, his brother and sister-in-law were living at the house. During the time, he noticed that the couple had a huge amount of cash in their possession.
“They had like $600,000 in cash so I asked them where they get that kinda money from and me brother’s wife claim that me brother work and save the money.
“Two weeks later, she change she mouth and seh how dem find the money in grandfather room but was $900,000 so like dem spend out some and leff with the $600,000 what I see”, he said.
According to him, they claimed that they broke the locks to Johnson’s bedroom door and found the money a week after he went missing. He added that it seemed strange at the time that they broke into his grandfather’s room just a week after he left without a trace but he knew very little so he did not follow the case. Jewellery for Johnson was also reportedly taken by the couple.
Roopnarine said it was only lately that he contacted his aunt and told her about the money that was taken. After hearing the new information, the woman decided to bring it to the cops attention.
The grandson said that after the couple was arrested, his sister-in-law was brought back to the house by the police and during that time, she gave another story about where they got the large amount of money from?
“She tell dem police when dem bring she back that she and grandfather had a joint account and she draw out the money. But when I had asked them, she told me how dem work and save the money and then later, she seh how dem tek it from grandfather room.”
He added that during the time, he was in the GDF; his grandfather had told him that he had several bank accounts but wanted to withdraw the monies and keep it in his possession at the house.
“After the man went missing, it didn’t tek a week and these people break in the man room,” Roopnarine stressed.
The ex-army rank told Kaieteur News that when his aunt questioned his brother about the whereabouts of Johnson, he reportedly gave conflicting stories.
“One time he seh how he walk and go to market and never come back. Then a next time, he seh how the man leff on he bicycle and gone New Amsterdam. And another time he she, how the man gone backdam and look cow but me grandfather don’t mind cow.”
Information gathered states that a body was discovered in 2015 after Johnson went missing but no-one reportedly claimed the body since it was allegedly badly decomposed.
Meanwhile, several calls to the Divisional Commander Lyndon Alves went unanswered.
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