Armed bandits terrorise, rob elderly Berbice couple

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The house occupied by the elderly couple

One day after a Berbice family was terrorised by armed men, an elderly couple was on Saturday attacked, beaten and robbed also by armed bandits who invaded their Corentyne, Berbice property.

Sixty-four-year-old Mandakie Chandan and her husband, 72-year-old Narinedat Chandan, a cash crop farmer of Lot 7 Public Road Nurney Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), were attacked by four armed men on the day in question.

Based on reports received, the couple was preparing to leave for the Port Mourant Market when one of the men attacked them and demanded money.

The woman told the man that they did not have any money since they were heading to the market to sell their produce.

Meanwhile, the three other bandits tied up the elderly man in the yard and they ransacked the house and terrorised the woman to hand over the money and jewellery.

The woman told the intruder that all she had was her husband’s pension for the past two months saved up and she would give them that. The two finger rings that she was wearing were also taken by the armed men.

Not satisfied, the woman was asked to call out to her brother-in-law, who lives in another house on the same plot of land, and ask him for $1000 as a passage to get to the market.

According to Paramdatt Chandan, he was asleep when the woman called out to him.

“Like I wake up lil stupidy and I opening the door and then my wife tell me ‘no’. So, when I go and peep from the window, I see them stand up bracing the door and got her with a cutlass to her neck.”

Nevertheless, the farmer, who was left unattended, was able to free himself and run into the house and lock the doors.

He went to a window upstairs and alerted his brother. “I holler out to him, ‘don’t open the door, is thief’.”

Neighbours were also alerted. In retaliation, the bandits dragged the elderly woman down her brother-in-law’s step and then slammed her head into a concrete wall before escaping.

They were able to take two cellphones, two finger rings and $70,000 in cash.

According to the rice farmer, he is of the belief that his brother was the target but he was attacked because he was in the yard at the time.

The men reportedly cut a hole in his back fence to gain entry into the yard. The police have launched an investigation into the robbery.