Autopsy to be done on decomposed body of Newtown man

A post-mortem examination will be done on the decomposed body of the missing Newtown, Kitty resident, which was discovered on Wednesday in the backlands of Brighton Village, Corentyne.

The body of Rajendra Persaud, 49, of Da Silva Street, Newtown, Kitty, Georgetown, who was an employee at Sterling Products Limited, was found in a clump of grass at Brighton backlands, after a cattle farmer detected a pungent scent and decided to investigate.

Commander of ‘B’ Division Lyndon Alves told Stabroek News that the doctor will be available today to perform the post-mortem examination. He said ‘B’ Division will be investigating Persaud’s death, since the body was discovered in the division.

Rajendra Persaud

Meanwhile, the man’s relatives have since called on the police to investigate thoroughly since they are of the belief that Persaud was killed. The family is hoping that the results of the post-mortem examination offer some clue as to whether someone had a hand in Persaud’s death.

Persaud had been expected to show up to work on November 11, but failed to do so. The man, who lived alone, worked on November 10 and also spoke with his mother on the same day.

His father, former Region Six Chairman Rohit Persaud, had explained to Stabroek News, that an alarm over the man’s disappearance was raised on November 11, after he did not contact relatives as he would usually do.

Rohit Persaud said his son had told his mother that he would be visiting Berbice for his (Rajendra’s) birthday, which is on December 14.

Rohit said that it was around midday on Wednesday when he received a call that his son’s body had been found on the Corentyne. He confirmed that the body was positively identified by relatives, while adding that his son’s bag, wallet, identification card and $5,000 in cash were found in his possession.

Persaud added that he would not tell the police how to do their job but he urged that they speak with persons from his son’s workplace. According to the father, Rajendra, who is originally from Berbice, attended Queen’s College part-time while living with his aunt in Da Silva Street. However, after his aunt migrated, his son, who is not married, continued to live in the house alone.

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