Murdered rice miller’s failure to use licensed gun raises suspicion

As part of the investigation into the murder of Corentyne rice miller Lallapersaud Juggerdeo, police have taken his weapon for ballistic tests.

Juggerdeo, 74, of Lot 79 No. 0 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, was fatally shot on Tuesday evening while running off armed invaders from his home. Juggerdeo, who was pelting the men as they fled, was shot as they retreated from his property.

An autopsy performed yesterday by pathologist Dr. Vivekanand Brijmohan confirmed that he died from shock and haemorrhage

Lallapersaud Juggerdeo
Lallapersaud Juggerdeo

due to the gunshot wound he sustained to the left side of his chest.

Acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brumell said during a press conference yesterday that ranks are actively investigating Juggerdeo’s murder.

While noting that the man is a licensed-firearm holder, he said that the police are investigating why he was not in possession of his gun at the time of the shooting. “Something happened there. I don’t know why he didn’t go out with the gun but we are looking at that. We can safely say that that firearm is at the ballistics section because we do not know if that firearm was used,” he said.

Basant Lallapersaud, the dead man’s son, said that detectives yesterday searched his home for ammunition and took statements from him. Additionally, Lallapersaud noted that the family still does not have any suspect, while noting that his mother cannot identify anybody. He went on to say that the family believes the case might go unsolved unless enough evidence is gathered from the three persons already in custody.

However, Commander of ‘B’ Division Brian Joseph told Stabroek News that the investigations are in the initial stages and police are still investigating. He also noted that no one else has been taken into custody.

Juggerdeo, a well-known rice miller on the Corentyne, had been the owner of Lallapersaud Enterprise.



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