A post-mortem (PM) examination conducted yesterday on the remains of 17-year-old Haresh Roth of No 69 Village proved that he died from a severe hit to the head.
The body bore a big gash to the right side of the head as well as a big cut to his body. His uncle/guardian, Anand Punwassie told Stabroek News yesterday that based on the injuries it appeared as though the lad was murdered.
The body was found early Tuesday morning at No 66 Village and at first persons believed that the he was a victim of a hit-and-run accident.
Punwassie believed that his nephew who did odd jobs for a living
was killed elsewhere and his body dumped in that village as no “brake impression was on the road and there was no broken light or anything.”
He said too that they do not have relatives at that village and that Haresh never really went that far, especially at night.
According to him, although his nephew liked to consume alcohol he had no problem with anyone and his death could have been a case of mistaken identity.
A pair of short denim pants the boy was clad in was pulled down below his knee and his white t-shirt was rolled up and tied tightly around his neck.
He was last seen alive by his younger brother, Joel Roth, 14, around 7:30 pm on Monday. At the time he was at a rum shop drinking and he asked Joel for money to buy cigarettes. Joel told him he did not have any money.
Punwassie recalled that he went to the No 66 Fisheries around 5:30 am on Tuesday to purchase fish and a man told him that “a boy got knocked down and died.”
He said too that the man told him that the body was taken to the Skeldon mortuary. As he was going in another man repeated that the body had already been removed from the scene and he went about his business.