Suspect in murder of northwest miner kills self

The suspect in the murder of Randy Rafael of Kamwatta Village, North West District (NWD) who was found with a gunshot wound to the head last Saturday, committed suicide later the same day, according to Crime Chief Seelall Persaud.

He said that although the alleged perpetrator took his own life, the police still have to complete their investigation.

Persaud said that based on the initial investigation Rafael and the suspect who is a close relative had a heated argument over a woman around 2 am. The 23 year old was subsequently shot dead.

Police had said that ranks found him dead in a hammock at “Bruck up” Landing, North West District.

Meanwhile Persaud said that local ranks are still to make contact with Venezuelan authorities to determine exactly where the murder of Titus Daniels of Yarakita, NWD took place.

Daniels was stabbed to death last Saturday and according to the police the killing occurred at the border village of “Mundo” in Venezuela. Police also reported that the attacker who is Guyanese was arrested by other Guyanese miner who brought him along with Daniels’ remains back to Guyana. He remains in police custody awaiting charges.

Police said in a press release yesterday that the cause of death given by Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh was perforation of the heart and lungs due to stab wounds. The release also stated that a post-mortem examination performed on 77 year old British National Julian Dere who was found motionless in the swimming pool at the Pegasus Hotel last Thursday revealed that he died as a result of cardiac arrest (heart failure).

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