Two held over murder of elderly women

Two suspects were on Tuesday arrested for questioning in connection with the South Road and Albert Street, Georgetown murder of two elderly women.

Commander of ‘A’ Division, Marlon Chapman yesterday told Stabroek News that the men were picked up separately on Tuesday and taken into custody. They were in custody up to last evening and are assisiting the police with investigations.

The women: Constance Fraser, 89, and her niece Phyllis Caesar, 77, of Lot 243 South Road and Albert Street, Georgetown, were discovered around 9.30 am on Tuesday by members of their church, the South Road Full Gospel Assembly, after several efforts to contact them proved futile.

At the time of the discovery, their bodies were in separate bedrooms. Their hands and feet were bound and they were both gagged.

It is suspected that they had been the victims of a robbery sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, since the house was completely ransacked and several items were reported missing.

The door to the upper flat of the two-storey house was also discovered open and it is believed that the suspect/s might have gained entry into the house by climbing onto the verandah.

Stabroek News was previously told that it was customary for Caesar to open the church every morning. However, church members sensed that something was amiss on Tuesday morning when she did not turn up to carry out her duties.

As a result, they made several calls to her and visited the home but got no answer. They then noticed the door to the verandah open and upon checking they saw the bodies. The police were immediately summoned.

Fraser was a retiree, Caesar was the caretaker of the church and also worked at a private school located a short distance away from the home.

Post-mortem examinations are expected to be conducted on their remains today.

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