GEORGETOWN –– Police have recovered the licenced shotgun with which a 17-year-old, on his father’s orders, blasted 15-year-old Jaikarran Chandradeo and two men in the Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder area last Thursday.
Detectives have also impounded a boat that the killers used to flee the scene.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum disclosed Thursday that police will be seeking legal advice Friday on whether charges can be laid against the suspects, who include the 17-year-old, known as “Lima”, his 38-year-old father, who is a farmer, and a 27-year-old employee of the farmer. Another worker is still at large.
Detectives took the alleged killers back to the scene of the murders shortly after midnight Thursday. They were later taken to the Mibicuri Police Station.
The bodies of 37-year-old Pawan Chandradeo, called “Suresh” of 163 Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder; 33-year-old Naresh Rooplall called “Ticka Bai” of No. 77 Village, Corentyne and 15-year-old Jaikarran Chandradeo, called “Kevin” of Mibicuri North, were found around a.m. last week Friday in a backdam at Mibicuri. They had gone to the area to fish.
Kaieteur News was told on Wednesday that the trio was slain after seeing the gang of men attempting to make off with supplies of diesel from a rice farm.
According to reports, the suspects, led by a farmer, journeyed by boat to a fuel depot that is owned by rice farmer Sudaman Jagmohan called “King”.
On reaching the area, the thieves tried to smash off a lock from a storeroom. But it was while they were doing so that Pawan Chandradeo, Naresh Rooplall and Jaikarran Chandradeo arrived on the scene.
Fearing that the trio would expose their crime, the men fired two rounds in the air and chased after the victims who stopped when they recognized the boat the thieves were using.
When the suspects finally caught up with the trio, they instructed the victims to lie on the ground.
On his father’s instructions, the farmer’s teenage son then shot them.
Afterwards, the farmer reportedly told the gang to “wash their hands to remove evidence”.
The killers then escaped in their boat.
But police, who had detained several suspects, finally got a breakthrough late on Wednesday night after ranks from the Major Crimes Unit questioned the prime suspects at CID Headquarters, Eve Leary.
Thursday, Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine, lauded his men for solving the case. But he also voiced concern at what he described as a “heinous crime”.
“We recognised that this was a heinous crime, but the initial information did not point us in any significant direction.
“The fact that recent information seemed to point in a direction that a father [the detained farmer] could allow his child to commit a crime of one type, and then later advise the very child and accomplices to do all within their means to cover their tracks and commit a much bigger crime, tells a very disturbing narrative, and in my opinion, is a reflection of the scant regard that certain sections of the society, who are committing illegal and unlawful acts, have for human life.
“However, law abiding citizens can feel assured that the Guyana Police Force is striving to deliver the quality of service that is so much expected.
“In the recent past, we had challenges over our prevention efforts. But there is now improvement. Within recent times, we have seen significant and welcomed improvement in our investigative capabilities, and for this, all must take credit. The fact that more and more citizens are increasingly confident in the work of the Force is very important to us.”
And Indrawattie Chandradeo, whose husband, son and brother were slain, also praised the team of detectives.
But she also expressed shock at learning why her family members were slain.
“That is the reason you had to shoot dem man? Me innocent son. Meh husband and meh brother tuh! Why you didn’t just leff dem? Dem nah trouble nobody and now all of dem gone just because of dah.”
Kaieteur News also spoke to rice farmer Sudaman Jagmohan called “King”, who discovered the bodies. Jagmohan also owns the fuel depot that the killers had tried to break into,
A shocked Jagmohan said that the suspects are his neighbours and one of the alleged perpetrators, called “Guana man”, is his nephew.
“Me shock fah hear dah news, cause dem man deh ah me family, and we trying fa mek a living and dah is wha dem gon do? Same man wah ah eat wid yuh is de same one trying fuh break you down.
Meh sorry fah da family, bai, cause look dem man nah do nothing and dem lost dem life suh stupid.”
The victims were found by Jagmohan and his workmen. According to Jagmohan, he was on his way to his rice field at Kokrite Savannah area, where he also has hassars.
Jaghoman said that on their way to his farm, the group found the bodies lying on a dam in his rice-land. He immediately called a neighbour who informed the police.
The police, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Marlon Taylor, and residents, secured boats and journeyed to the area where they eventually came upon the graphic scene.