Wife denies plotting hit on shot auto dealer

Patsy Sanasie yesterday denied having any role in the attempted hit on her husband, auto spares dealer Deokarran ‘Ram’ Sanasie, who was shot by a gunman last Friday and she suggested that her husband may be “mentally sick” after he accused her and her brother of plotting to kill him.

“I am innocent and I knows nothing about what is going on, absolutely nothing,” Patsy said in her first public statement since she was released from police custody, at a press conference at her 129 Atlantic Gardens home yesterday. “The killers are out there and my husband should focus out there on what is going on. I think he needs to go to the doctor and check himself out. He is mentally sick. He holding innocent people for this crime. I am his wife and I have lived with him for 29 years. Everything that he state in the papers are lies and I have proof. I have a lot of proof,” she added.

Sanasie, 58, of Lot 129 Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara was shot last Friday evening by a man who approached him and discharged several shots while he was drinking with persons in the vicinity of his business place, Ram’s Auto Sales on Fourth and Light streets, Alberttown. He was rushed to a private city hospital. He sustained wounds to his left thigh and abdomen. The man has since expressed concerns for this safety, and has since gone into hiding.

In happier times: (from left to right) Vishnu Persaud, Deokarran ‘Ram’ Sanasie and Patsy Sanasie
In happier times: (from left to right) Vishnu Persaud, Deokarran ‘Ram’ Sanasie and Patsy Sanasie

Patsy and her brother, Vishnu Persaud, were held for questioning by police after the businessman had told police that his wife and her brothers were the persons who planned to murder him. The two were subsequently released on bail on Tuesday evening.

Patsy recalled that on the day of the shooting she was with her daughter and assistant at the Princess Hotel and Casino when she received a telephone call from her husband, who inquired about her whereabouts. “He called me like six times asking me where I was and what I was doing. Princess got 300 cameras and you can check and see where I was and who was calling me,” the woman said.

“When I left there, I called him when we were walking out and [said] you owe me the money that I give the children. He tell me call me when I reach closer…when we reach Sheriff Street I told my daughter to call her father and tell him we almost there. He tell me ah just get shoot and I deh in the hospital…,” she said.

According to Patsy, she then drove to their business place on Light Street. “I park up there and deh in the vehicle. How I know he deh at Balwant Singh [hospital?] Is the person that was driving his bus tell me drive behind he and let we go to the hospital,” she said.

The woman challenged investigators to get her phone records, which she said can prove that she had nothing to do with planning to kill her husband. “They can go to GT&T and get my phone records…The day when this thing happen, they can get any single thing they want. I am innocent,” she said.

Patsy also accused ranks of the Alberttown Police Station of, “being on one side all the time. They don’t care anything, they treat me like animal.”

According to the woman, another one of her brothers in the USA is also making false statements against her to the police. “I heard the tape and that person happens to be my brother. He is lying, I know nothing what he is taking about. How can that boy say something like that?” the woman stated.

She said that she has since obtained a restraining order against her husband, since she is fearful for her life. “We don’t have watchman, we padlock the gates. When he… behaves like a madman I tell him I won’t open the door for him,” she said.

Meanwhile, Persaud also maintained his innocence. “I had no idea what is going on. I have no idea what they are talking about. I love my sister and I love my brother-in-law. He is a good man. Every time I come to Guyana… he always treat me with respect,” the man said.

Persaud said that he and his brother-in-law had plans to open a business together. “Two weeks before I came to Guyana we were talking and I told him that I am serious and he encouraged me to come back for us to do business. He tell me that I am going to stay here,” he said.

“Everything was fine and I came back… I came back the Friday and the shooting happened. Saturday night they come and arrest us. Till now, I have no idea what is going on. I have no idea what they are talking about…I saw my brother-in-law last night at the Plaisance Police Station. I talked to him but he didn’t speak to me,” he added.

Sanasie’s three children were also at the press conference and expressed support for their mother and uncle. “Why would he want to be in a house with the two people who tried to kill you? That doesn’t make any sense,” one of the daughters said.

Earlier this week, a daughter of the couple had told Stabroek News that while her uncle sold all of his assets to move to Guyana, he did not do so because he wanted  money to carry out a ‘hit’ on her father. She said he did so because, “he liked what Guyana has to offer and the country’s advancement…He only came to Guyana on Saturday morning and he was arrested on Saturday evening…Two innocent people are going to go to jail for nothing.”



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