Co-proprietor of Stretch D Dollar stabbed to death, husband kills self

Rhonda Blair, a co-proprietor of the Stretch D Dollar franchise in Berbice was stabbed to death in the wee hours of this morning and her husband, Rudolph later took his own life.

Police at the scene this morning.

Rudolph fled into a nearby yard and appears to have taken poison. His body also bore a gunshot wound. He is believed to have inflicted the fatal wounds on Rhonda.

Rhonda was a retired teacher and mother of two and was known in the community as kind- hearted.

Rhonda Blair

They both were residing at the house in Cumberland where the incident occurred.

According to Berbice Commander, Paul Williams, Rudolph is suspected to have drunk poison. His body has since been removed from a neighbour’s yard.

Rudolph Blair

The commander noted that Blair’s sister had been encouraging him to turn himself over, however the man refused.  He said, “When they were talking to him his voice began dying down”.

The couple operated Stretch D Dollar grocery in New Amsterdam, Rosignol and Cumberland.
According to information gathered, the couple filed for bankruptcy several years ago but had since been working to come out of the situation.

The police today issued the following press release:

Police are investigating the murder of Rhonda Blair, 42, a businesswoman, of 91 Coburg Street, Cumberland Village, East Canje, Berbice, whose body was discovered, about 00:05h. this morning at the back of her yard with two stab wounds-one to the left side breast and the other to the right side neck and also the suicide of the deceased husband Rudolph Blair, 46, whose body was discovered with two suspected gunshot wounds to the left ear and left side chest, about 08:40h. in some bushes at the back of his premises. His (Rudolph Blair) licensed .32 pistol with six live rounds and one spent shell were found next to his body.

The bodies are at the New Amsterdam Hospital Mortuary awaiting post-mortem examination.

Comments  

Dominica death toll at 27, 18 still missing – police chief

Dominica was devastated by Hurricane Maria (Reuters photo) Dominica’s police chief says the death toll following the passage of Hurricane Maria has now risen to 27.

British anti-corruption advisor heading UN crime office here

In keeping with a proposal made in 2015, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has appointed a UN prosecutor to deal with corruption matters in Guyana but the details of his work have not been made public.

NA man charged with wife’s murder

A Smithfield, New Amsterdam man was yesterday charged with the murder of his wife, who he is accused of fatally beating.

Special purpose unit for GuySuCo privatisation to operate transparently -Harmon

State Minister Joseph Harmon has said that the special purpose unit set up to spearhead the divestment and privatisation of certain GuySuCo assets will build on the preliminary work undertaken by consultant Wesley Kirton to identify potential investors, and conduct its operations transparently.

Corriverton man gets 20 years for fatal chopping of wife

A Corriverton, Berbice man was yesterday sentenced to 20 years in jail after he recently pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the High Court at Berbice.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×