One of the two suspects arrested in connection with the death of Sean Waldron, the Haslington, East Coast Demerara (ECD) labourer who was found floating in the Mahaicony Creek last week, is expected to be charged with murder today.
A police source told Stabroek News that the charge would be instituted in keeping with the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), who recommended that one of the men be charged with murder.
As a result, he is expected to be arraigned today. The other suspect has since been released from police custody.
The body of Waldron, called ‘Catty,’ 37, of Lot 33 Haslington South, ECD, was discovered floating in the Mahaicony River last Tuesday. At the time, he was only clad in his underwear.
A murder investigation was launched by the police after an autopsy revealed that Waldron died due to trauma sustained to his body and strangulation.
Information reaching this newspaper revealed that a cattle farmer, of Enmore Pasture, picked up Waldron at his home on May 4th and took him to his farm, where he began to work as a labourer.
Waldron was last seen alive on May 5th, when he was reportedly drinking at a wedding house in Mahaicony.
The following day, the cattle farmer reported him missing at the Mahaicony Police Station.
Karen Waldron, a sister of the dead man, had related to Stabroek News that her brother left home on May 4th in the company of a man known as ‘One Foot’ (said to be the farmer).
“I was at work and when I come then I heard he left with the man to go work in the bush. On Sunday, he come and tell we that my brother tripping out and he can’t find my brother,” she had related.
The woman explained that although the family does not know the individual and they cautioned Waldron not to go, he did not heed their warnings.
She said after the man returned to her family and explained what happened, the family reported Waldron missing at the Cove and John Police Station.
“We made the report at the station and the police encouraged us to go search for Sean after they see this man. We searched all day Sunday and Monday but we didn’t find him,” she said.
On May 8th, they travelled to Mahaicony and conducted a further search. It was while they were about to abort the search, the woman said, that an indigenous man who came from a creek reported to police that there was a body floating in the river.
“After we hear that, we went into the creek with the police and find the body and it was our brother,” she explained.
“We need to know what happen and this ‘One Foot’ man has to tell the police, we were not there and my brother doesn’t deserve this,” the sister added.