Armed bandits terrorise Corentyne family

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Indira Samaroo shows her injury

A Corentyne, Berbice family was attacked by three armed bandits at their Port Mourant, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home on Sunday evening.

Reports are the attack occurred at about 21:30h at Lot 227 Dispensary Dam Ankerville, Port Mourant, Berbice. INews was told that Indira Samaroo along with her husband and teenage son were all at home when three masked men approached – one was carrying a firearm and two had cutlasses.

The attack occurred after a family friend left the couple’s home. According to Samaroo, one of the bandits went straight to her husband and hit him with the gun. He was taken into the shop where he was gun butted and told to hand over G$4 million.

Samaroo said that her husband denied having so much money and the gunman cuffed him to the face and stomped him to his chest.

Meanwhile, Samaroo said she was hit in the face with a side of a cutlass and she fell out of the hammock. She said that one of the intruders then demanded that she get up but she was unable to do so.

The woman related that she told the bandit that she has never seen what G$4 million looks like and has never held G$4 million in her hand.

INews  was told that one of the intruders then turned his attention to the teenager, telling him that if his mother does not hand over the money he will kill her. However, the teen, while begging the bandits not to kill his mother, informed the gunmen that his parents do not have money.

According to Samaroo, she was taken into a bedroom and handed over a bag with money but the small sum of cash angered the men, who threatened to then kill her son.

“I told him I have no more money,” the traumatised woman said. She recalled that the bandits then pulled her husband out of the shop and put him to sit with her and her son while they ransacked the house.

The man then picked up three cellular phones and an electronic tablet along with three wristwatches and the businessman and his son’s wallets.

“Then they demanded the keys to the car and say that they want the haversack that my son come home with,” the woman said. She said that she told them that the haversack was in the car. She said that the bandits took the family to the washroom and locked them inside. Moments later, they returned and told them not to make any noise or they all will be killed.

After some time, the Samaroos came out and realised that they were alone. The woman recalled that the entire ordeal lasted about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, when the bandits made their entry from the side of the house, neighbours saw and called the Whim Police Station but the phone went unanswered.

Investigations continue into the incident.