Police over the weekend have nabbed the fourth suspect in the triple murder, which rocked Black Bush Polder, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on July 23, 2016, Police spokesman, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan has said.
Ramlakhan, in a report, stated that following a tip-off, ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters conducted a covert operation in the backlands of the Corentyne, which led to the arrest of the suspect.
An unlicensed shotgun and seven cartridges were also found, Ramlakhan revealed. He said that two other males were also in custody assisting in the investigation in respect of the firearm used in the triple murder.
A Police source identified the suspect as “Rocky” or “Go to front”, who was wanted for some time now.
Sources in Berbice confirmed that the man was spotted in the area by a resident who tipped off the Police.
Well-placed sources said that the suspect was likely to be charged soon.
On Friday, July 23, 2016, the bodies of Pawan Chandradeo, also called “Surish”, 37, of Black Bush Polder; his son Jaikarran Chandradeo, also called “Kevin”, 15 and his brother-in-law, Narish Rooplall, also called “Mice”, 33, of Number 73 Village, Corentyne were discovered lying next to each other on a dam at Cookrite Savannah, Black Bush Polder, with gunshot wounds.
Police in a release said each body bore a single gunshot wound.
The discovery of the bodies was made shortly after daybreak by a rice farmer. The bodies were lying on a dam about three miles into the savannah, a short distance away from “King’s Camp”.
The men had gone on a fishing expedition and were expected back about 03:00h the following morning.
During the probe, investigators detained several persons and after intense questioning, four of them succumbed to the pressure and eventually confessed to the crime.
A farmer, Carlton “Lyman” Chetram; his wife; their son, 19-year-old Jairam Chetram and an employee, Tameshwar Tajmohan confessed to the killing and revealed that another man was involved.
That other suspect turned out to be “Rocky”.
Based on information received, on the night in question, Chetram, who owns rice land in the area, along with his family and two employees, was breaking the padlock to gain access to the fuel tanks on another farmer’s rice cultivation when they were seen by the trio who were fishing nearby. It was reported that out of fear of being caught, the farmer, his son and his employee killed the three men.
The man’s son was said to be the trigger man.
The farmer is a licensed firearm holder and the suspected murder weapon, his shotgun, was subsequently sent for ballistic testing following autopsies on the victims’ bodies.
The men were subsequently charged and were remanded.