Last suspect in Corentyne miller murder released

The last of five suspects who was kept in police custody for questioning in relation to the murder of the Corentyne rice miller was released on station bail on Sunday.

Lallapersaud Juggerdeo, 74, a rice mill owner of Lot 79 Number 0 Village, Corentyne, Berbice was shot dead last Tuesday night while driving off armed bandits who attempted to rob him. Last night, Assistant police Commissioner and Commander of ‘B’ Division Brian Joseph told Stabroek News that there was no new development, but investigators are still working to crack the case.

Commander Joseph declined to comment on the family being upset over the rice miller’s son being regarded as a suspect. He said he does not want to create barriers with the family, but the force has its work to do and it will do it.

On Sunday, it was reported that relatives were upset with police considering the dead man’s son Basant Lallapersaud, 52, as a suspect.

Gaitree Lallapersaud, a daughter of the dead man, had questioned why police were treating her brother as a suspect. She had said the father and son shared a close relationship. On Thursday last lawmen searched the son’s home for ammunition and took a statement from him.

Meanwhile, a post-mortem examination performed by pathologist Dr Vivekanand Brijmohan confirmed that the rice mill owner died from shock and haemorrhage.

On Tuesday last, four armed man invaded the rice miller’s residence in an attempt to carry out a robbery. They were unsuccessful in their attempt.

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