GEORGETOWN –– The bodies of a pregnant schoolgirl and her older lover were found hanging from the rafter of a house at Lonsdale, East Bank Berbice (EBB), early yesterday in what police believed to be a double suicide. This would be the first case of suicides for the year.
The victims have been identified as 20-year-old Deeraj Persaud of Lonsdale and Sherry Ann Ally, 14, of Brother’s Village, EBB.
Kaieteur News was told the discovery was made around 7 a.m. by Persaud’s relatives. Their bodies were found in his bedroom, and there were ropes wrapped around their necks.
Investigators believed the couple might have committed suicide after the relationship was not approved by Ally’s family and the matter of the pregnancy was before Social Services since she was underage.
In June, 2014, Ally’s mother Shurlin DeCunha was charged after she assaulted Persaud when she found him hiding in her backyard. She pleaded guilty to the charge and was placed on $30,000 bail.
According to information received, Persaud had suffered a terrible beating at the hands of the woman. He was dragged into her house made to strip and beaten in the presence of the woman’s son and another man whom she reportedly wanted her daughter to marry.
The incident took place at the woman’s home at Brother’s Village. Persaud had suffered lacerations to his head, right eye, face, arms, mouth, ribs, back, hip and both hands among other injuries.
Back then when Persaud was interviewed, he explained that his lover’s mother did not approve of the relationship since she reportedly wanted her daughter to marry another individual, but Ally refused to end things with him (Persaud).
On the day he was beaten, Persaud had related that he was inside his lover’s home watching a movie, while Ally’s mother was away.
He said that later he heard the woman approaching and ran through the back door and hid in the backyard.
But, he was subsequently caught and beaten by the woman, who stripped him down to his underwear and took him to the police station.
Ally’s mother was subsequently charged with assaulting Persaud.
In 2014, Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization reported that more than 800,000 people died from suicide every year. It said that Guyana had the world’s highest estimated rate in 2012.