GEORGETOWN –– An accomplice of the men who bludgeoned British national Dominic Bernard yesterday led police to an area at Nurney, Corentyne, where he had buried the slain teen’s belongings.
Police recovered the victim’s camera, a monitor, a tripod, and other components.
Kaieteur News understands that on the day that police found Bernard’s body, his godbrother Aaron Wilfred Hing had contacted the accomplice, who lives at Nurney, and instructed him to dig up the items from the area where the gang had buried them, and stash them at another spot.
The accomplice is among five suspects who are in custody. Two women are also said to be among those detained.
Police have received detailed confession statements from some of the alleged killers.
Crime chief Wendell Blanhum said the force was seeking assistance from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) for information on the alleged mastermind Aaron Hing.
Hing is a 23-year-old British national who has been living in Guyana. He was nabbed in a city hotel several hours after police found Bernard’s remains.
His alleged accomplice Stayman George, also 23, was arrested on Saturday in Tucville.
Detectives were told that two days before Bernard arrived in Guyana, the suspects had rented a white Raum, and had also dug a grave at Nurney, Corentyne.
Bernard arrived in Guyana on October 14, 2015. The killers picked him up at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, and took him to a Sheriff Street restaurant where they ate and consumed beers.
It is then that they told Dominic Bernard that they had “something” to show him that they had hidden in the Nurney backlands.
At nightfall, and guided by the light of Dominic Bernard’s cellphone, the killers and their intended victim trekked to the backlands after arriving in Berbice.
They eventually stopped, and the suspects allegedly told Bernard to help them dig up the “something” that they claimed they had buried.
When he bent to assist in the “digging”, they struck Bernard at the back of his head.
They recalled that he began to scream, and they clubbed him until he lay still. They then buried the body.
Afterwards, they reportedly took a quantity of British currency from the murdered teen’s bags. They also made off with photographic and other equipment.
One accomplice was paid $150,000 for helping to dig the grave.
There are reports that the killers went on a spending spree, even buying a motorcycle in Suriname.
Around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, detectives found Dominic Bernard’s decomposing body in the grave in which his killers had buried him.
A post-mortem revealed that Bernard sustained a fractured skull, as well as a broken neck. A sock was stuffed into his mouth.
Police recovered a hammer that was one of the weapons used in the killing.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the parents of Dominic Bernard said that they were “devastated” by his death.
“Although no formal identification has taken place, in the last few hours we have learnt that Stayman George and Aaron Hing have confessed to the murder of our son Dominic. We are devastated.
“Dominic was full of hope, ambition, creativity, self-respect, faith and trust. He was very much loved by all his family, as well as a wide circle of friends. He was a talented film-maker and we are in no doubt that he had a bright and successful future ahead of him.
“He travelled to Guyana on October 14, 2015, to pursue his dream of studying film-making. Already an accomplished photographer, director and editor with several music videos under his belt, Dominic was in the process of taking up an offer from an American school to work alongside and be mentored by established movie directors in the United States.
“We are grateful and thankful for the incredible investigation and assistance of crime chief Wendell Blanhum and his team of investigators who have worked tirelessly the past few days.”