Imran Khan, also called Christopher Narine, the alleged mastermind in the double- murder at South Road and Albert Street in Georgetown, has confessed to committing the heinous crimes, while holding out that their plan was never the kill the two elderly women.
Khan was nabbed in a Pomeroon riverine community in Region Two on Sunday afternoon, and taken to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department, where he was grilled, during which he reportedly told the ranks that the plan was just to rob the two women, but one of the co-accused had bound and gagged the women.
He also told detectives the conspirators had planned the robbery a few days prior to executing it, claiming that he had gone to the house to do some work and it was then he knew that the two ladies, 87-year-old Constance Fraser and 75-year-old Phyllis Caesar, lived alone.
The suspect, this publication was informed, recalled that he and two others climbed into the veranda and opened one of the windows to gain entry into the house. Whilst in the house, he noted that the two women were asleep in separate bedrooms.
He reportedly confessed that they went into the first room, woke up the woman, and demanded that she hand over her money and other valuables. As the woman was about to raise an alarm, they stuffed her mouth with pieces of cloth and “choked” her. Khan claimed she died almost immediately.
They then went to the other bedroom and repeated the action. After they realized that both women were dead, they ransacked the house for money. Apart from cash and jewellery, the trio escaped with a television set and a mobile phone belonging to one of the women.
The mobile phone, a Police source has stated, was found in Khan’s possession after he was arrested on Sunday in the Pomeroon River. The SIM card that was found in the phone belonged to Phillip Suffrein.
The trio are expected to make their court appearance on Wednesday. The file is expected to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions today for advice, but according to a police source, a confession by the three men would make it easier for the DPP.
The bodies of Fraser, known as “Mother Fraser”, and Caesar, her niece, were found in the wee hours of Tuesday. The women were found in the upper flat of the home, in their respective bedrooms, lying unconscious on their beds. Caesar’s hands and legs were bound, and a piece of cloth had been stuffed in her mouth.
According to reports, Caesar had failed to report to her place of worship, as is customary, prompting several attempts to contact the duo, all of which were to no avail. A congregation member then alerted the Police, and together they ventured into the home and discovered the two women dead. The elderly women were last seen alive while attending church on Monday evening.
Meanwhile, the autopsy done on the bodies of the two women proved that they died as a result of asphyxiation due to suffocation and manual strangulation, compounded by trauma to the head. The post-mortem was performed by local pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh.