GEORGETOWN –– The village of Hopetown, West Coast Berbice, is in shock following the brutal raping, and strangling of one of their senior citizens. The suspect is believed to be one of the woman’s own relatives.
The elderly woman, Vida Britton, 78, of Hopetown, was believed to be attacked by her great-nephew around 3 a.m. on Monday.
She would usually sleep with her eight-year-old granddaughter and another relative. Her great-nephew who is said to be a deportee and a heavy dope smoker, would from time to time sleep by the elderly woman’s. He would usually watch over the family’s cows.
On the night in question the deranged man visited and asked who was at home. When told it was the elderly woman and her granddaughter alone he decided to stay over. On Monday morning the little girl awoke and reportedly saw her relative standing naked over her grandmother.
The child, before she could call out, the man covered her mouth and told her to be quiet. He then picked up the elderly woman and replaced her on the bed and fixed her neatly before leaving the premises. As soon as he was out of sight the child used the opportunity to scream for help, alerting other relatives.
As relatives rushed over they subsequently realized that the woman was dead. The matter was however only reported to the police the following afternoon. After being informed of what occurred, the police went in search of the culprit. After committing the act, the drug addict reportedly returned to the backlands, oblivious to what he had allegedly done earlier. He was arrested and taken into custody.
Even with his arrest, investigators and relatives were unaware of the brutality of the woman’s death until Dr Nehaul Singh conducted the post-mortem examination at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
That was when it was discovered that the elderly woman died from asphyxiation due to manual strangulation and suffocation. It also revealed that the woman was raped and sodomized.