Police are still working to ascertain how 57-year-old Inshan Ally ended up dead in a canal at Goed Fortuin Backdam, West Bank Demerara with injuries to the head.
Though several persons were arrested, investigators have been unable to make a breakthrough in the case and some residents remained convinced that he was beaten to death then dumped there.
A senior police officer told Stabroek News yesterday that investigators had some suspicions but they were not conclusive.
He stated that several persons held were released on station bail but investigations into the incident are continuing.
On April 30, the decomposing remains of the man were found around 6.45 am. A post-mortem examination done days later revealed that he died as a result of asphyxiation due to drowning and blunt cranial trauma.
Vidyawattee Goberdhan, a resident of the community had told this newspaper that the man’s body seemed to have marks of violence and she was able to identify him by his beard.
Ally was known to spend his days doing chores for villagers and at nights, slept at the koker.
Two suspects who were arrested had been identified by villagers as the persons who allegedly sodomised Ally before killing him and dumping his body.
Goberdhan said she last saw Ally two days prior to his body being found around 7.30 pm.
When he did not show up at her home as usual the following day, she queried about his whereabouts but no one had seen him. When she heard about the body being found, she had an uneasy feeling and suspected that it might have been Ally’s.
Goberdhan said a villager had informed her that he had intervened on Ally’s behalf to prevent two men from beating him.
He was able to stop the men but did not know what happened after that.
This was two days before the body was found.