Widow among six held over murder of Port Kaituma fuel dealer


Six persons, including the widow, were arrested for questioning on Sunday about the murder of a Port Kaituma fuel dealer, who was shot and killed more than three months ago.

Crime Chief Paul Williams yesterday confirmed to Stabroek News that acting on information received, ranks of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Eve Leary arrested the suspects on Sunday.

They were transported to Georgetown and were up to yesterday afternoon being questioned by investigators.

Khemraj (only name given), a father of 12 of Canal Bank, Port Kaituma, Region One, died on October 3rd last year after he was shot several times at an area known as ’Long Pond,’ Port Kaituma.

The fatal attack occurred minutes after he had received a call from his suspected killer.

Stabroek News had been told that Khemraj left his home after receiving a phone call from an unknown caller. He was later discovered dead with about five gunshot wounds about his body, including to his head.

His widow, Renika Poon, had previously explained to this newspaper that Khemraj and his family were relaxing when his phone rang. “Someone call and he answer and the person told him that he must reach him at some office at Long Pond and I hear he telling the person that he ain’t know of any office there. Then I hear he ask, ‘Suh which part you deh right now?’ And he tell the person he will be there in three minutes,” Poon recalled.

She said Khemraj then informed her that he was going to meet someone and he would be back in fifteen minutes. About ten minutes after, she said she received a call from someone who informed her of the shooting. As a result, Poon said she immediately rushed to the scene but by the time she arrived he was already dead.

Stabroek News was told that Khemraj and Poon were expected to leave Guyana the following morning to purchase a boat.

A resident of the area, who wished not to be named, had said based on what he was told, Khemraj was sitting in a boat in which he travelled to the scene and the lone gunman walked up to him. “A car drop off the man (the gunman) and he walk up to Khemraj and he like he frighten … he ain’t coming out and is come out he come out and the shots start fire,” the man explained.

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