Suspects in Kwakwani midwife murder brought to city for questioning

Paulette Wade

Two suspects in the murder of Kwakwani midwife Paulette Wade have been brought to Georgetown for additional questioning.

Sunday Stabroek was reliably informed that a total of six men were taken into custody since the woman’s body was discovered in her home more than a week ago, however, of the six, three were released on station bail last Thursday, while two of the remaining three were brought down to the city for additional questioning yesterday.

A police source also told this newspaper that they have been granted an extension to keep the two men in custody up until Monday as they continue to follow all possible leads.

On Thursday, this newspaper had reported that Wade, whose lifeless body was discovered on the floor of her Kwakwani home two Fridays ago, was strangled and bludgeoned to the head.

Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh, who conducted the post-mortem examination, listed the cause of Wade’s death as asphyxiation due to manual strangulation compounded by blunt trauma to the head.

Prior to the autopsy, Wade’s relatives were adamant that the woman was a victim of foul play and that she had not suffered an epileptic seizure as police would have initially considered.

Wade, 37, also called ‘P,’ of Kwakwani Park, Upper Berbice River, and her daughter, had retired to bed around 9 pm on the evening of October 25th. However, when the child awakened around 6.30 the next morning, she found her mother’s motionless body.

This newspaper understands that she called out for her mother but after the woman did not respond, the child left the home to notify a neighbour. This prompted the neigbour to visit the Kwakwani Hospital compound, where she told the security guard, who in turn informed staff at the hospital.

The police were also informed and in the company of a doctor and nurses from the hospital, ventured to the woman’s home, where the doctor subsequently pronounced Wade dead.

Both Wade’s body, which was discovered lying face down on a concrete floor clad in her sleeping clothes, and the scene, were examined by police. The examination uncovered small bruises on one of the woman’s elbows as well as blood on her mouth. A closer examination revealed that the deceased bit her tongue. There was no sign of forced entry, nor were there signs that the house had been ransacked.

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