The Guyana Police Force (GPF) announced today that it has received legal advice to institute charges against four persons who are in custody for the murder of 17-year-old Haresh Singh.
Singh was found murdered and his motorcycle burnt in the Number Three backdam, West Coast Berbice, on September 9, 2020.
Police recently made the breakthrough in the case, with at least one of the suspects allegedly confessing to the brutal murder of the young man.
It was widely suspected that Singh’s murder was in retaliation of the murders of 16-year-old Isaiah Henry and 19-year-old Joel Henry, whose badly mutilated bodies were found in the backlands of Cotton Tree, WCD.
Upon the discovery of the mutilated bodies of the two young men on September 6, 2020, several relatives of Singh were arrested. They were nevertheless released since there was no evidence to prove that they were involved and as such, were released.
Three days later, the battered body of Singh was found. His burnt motorcycle was found in close proximity of his body.
However, after a thorough and lengthy investigation, three persons were arraigned for the murders of the Henry cousins. After solving that murder case, Police then turned their focus to Singh’s murder.
About one week ago, Police arrested three persons – Phillip Anderson, “Bucko” and “Bolo”. A fourth person, Gladwin Henry – who is a relative of the Henry boys – turned himself into custody after police issued a wanted bulletin for his arrest.
During interrogation, Anderson reportedly confessed that he was part of the initial plot to murder Singh as revenge for Isaiah’s murder.
In his confession he reportedly told detectives that after the bodies of the Henry boys were found, one of Henry’s relative who is now in police custody went to his home and told him that Singh’s relatives were the ones responsible for his brother’s death and that “they got to die,” as a form of revenge.
He said that Henry’s relative asked to accompany him on the road where they were joined by “Bucko” and “Bolo”. As they were heading towards the road, they armed themselves with pieces of wood.
Anderson stated that they went straight to Haresh Singh’s house and accused his relatives of killing his brother and cousin. They reportedly started to verbally abuse the family and threatened to kill them.
After the confrontation, they left and went to the back of Isaiah’s home then to a dam at Number Three Village.
He said there, they crossed a bridge and went to the other side where they saw Haresh Singh approaching on his bike. As such, the four men instructed him to stop and Singh complied but refused to come off the bike when he was told to do so.
An angered “Bolo” reportedly grabbed Singh from behind and pulled him off the bike after which he bent him over and it was then Henry’s relative dealt him one blow to the head.
After receiving the blow, Singh was thrown to the ground and groaned in pain, the man told Police. Still full of anger, “Bolo” then picked up a piece of wood and repeatedly lashed Singh to his head.
Upon seeing this, Anderson told detectives that he walked away but subsequently learnt that Singh had died and his bike was set on fire.
Anderson, admitted that from the inception, he was working in cohort with Henry’s relative, “Bucko” and “Bolo” but after witnessing the brutal attack on Singh, he regretted being involved.
He has since apologised for being involved in the heinous crime especially after he found out that Singh’s family was innocent and had nothing to do with the Henry boys’ murder.
Singh’s body was found on September 9, 2021, three days after the badly chopped bodies of Isaiah and Joel Henry were found.
Following the discovery, there was countrywide protests calling for justice for the boys. The Police initiated its investigations and shortly after they were joined by a team of overseas experts.
They all concluded that the Henry boys were murdered at a location other than the area their mutilated bodies were found since no blood stains or weapons were found at the scene.