A recently-released convict has reportedly confessed to killing 22-year-old Romeza Sookdeo, whose decomposing body was found last Sunday at Hydronie Market Road, Parika, East Bank Essequibo,
The killing is said to have occurred during an argument over money that the suspect had promised Sookdeo, whom he had allegedly solicited.
The ex-convict was picked up on Wednesday after residents provided information to investigators that implicated the suspect.
According to a senior police official, the man, who lives in the area, told investigators that Sookdeo, also called ‘Dangles,’ had accompanied him to the empty lot at Hydronie Market Road.
He allegedly beat and strangled her after they had an argument.
Kaieteur News understands that the ex-con met with Romeza and told her that he “wanted a girl.” He allegedly offered her $10,000, However, when Romeza reportedly demanded $50,000, an argument ensued and this led to the suspect allegedly killing her.
The suspect was recently released from prison on a larceny conviction. Like Romeza Sookdeo, he is reportedly a substance abuser.
He is likely to be charged shortly.
Romeza Sookdeo’s decomposing body was discovered last Sunday morning after a security guard alerted police to a stench in the vicinity of an empty lot.
A postmortem revealed that Sookdeo died from manual strangulation, compounded by blunt force trauma to the head.
She was unemployed and had no fixed place of abode.
Her mother, Naimawattie Persaud, a domestic worker, said that she last saw Romeza who visited her last week Thursday at the woman’s Parika Façade, East Bank Essequibo home.
The grieving mother told this publication that her daughter was an addict from the age of sixteen.
The woman claimed to have tried everything possible to help her daughter.
Persaud, who did not seem surprised at the postmortem result, said that just days before her murder Romeza told her that two persons had threatened to murder her.
According to Persaud, her daughter alleged that the two individuals would usually beat her when she refused to have sex with men in exchange for cash.
The mother has since given the police the two names her daughter had given her,
“She come and sleep two nights by me, and she said that these guys want kill she, and if she dead then I should go to the police and tell them who kill she”.
Sukdeo was said to be in a relationship with one of the men who allegedly threatened to kill her.
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