The dead body of Roger Manikam, of Section B, Nonpareil, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was discovered along the Coldingen Railway Embankment on Sunday morning gagged and with a cutlass wound to his neck.
According to Police reports, about 06:30hrs on Sunday, Manikam’s body was discovered with wounds to the head and upper neck by residents in the area.
Manikam, 64, was found bound with his head covered by a plastic bag. The Police have indicated that it was suspected that he was killed during the course of a robbery since his wallet was missing.
Manikam’s daughter, Nalini, said that the last time she saw her father alive was on Saturday evening.
“Yesterday (Saturday) in the evening, around 07:30 to 08:00 I saw him leaving, but I wasn’t sure where he was going. Me and my sister were in my room when he got a phone call and left,” she disclosed.
Nalini stated that nothing seemed amiss before her father left, and she was unaware that he did not return home until Sunday morning.
“He doesn’t sleep out. So I woke up this morning to ask him about breakfast, but he was not in his room,” she related, stating that this caused her to become concerned.
She explained that they were later informed that a body was found a short distance from their home and when they checked, their worst fears were confirmed.
“They’re saying that it looks like a robbery because he had a lot of cash on him and when they found him, his pockets were empty and everything was gone,” the grieving young woman explained.
She revealed that her father may not have succumbed to the chop immediately, but he may have died as a result of asphyxiation. “They didn’t tell me much, but they tell me that deh had a chop to his neck. When they finished with him, they wrapped him up in black garbage bags and apparently he wasn’t dead, but the garbage bags stifled him. But we aren’t sure of that until the post-mortem report,” she stated.
The deceased man leaves to mourn his wife and four children. Manikam’s body is at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem. Police have since launched an investigation.