DNA test results confirm body found in shallow grave was that of British teen
All doubts have been laid to rest after DNA testing confirmed the body found at Nurney Village, Corentyne, Berbice is that of murdered British teen, Dominic Bernard.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum last night confirmed that the DNA results were collected and proved to be that of the young man who went missing on the night he arrived in Guyana from the UK.
He stated that although Krystal Thomas, Sinfinee Henry and Jameel Sinclair have been granted bail by the High Court, the two main perpetrators Aaron Hing and Staymon George are on remand.
Now that DNA testing has confirmed that the remains are that of the teenager, the Police will hand over them to the family to make funeral arrangements.
The 18-year-old was collected upon his arrival at the Cheddi Jagan international Airport (CJIA) in October last year by Hing (his Godbrother), of Kildonan village, Corentyne, Berbice, but he vanished after that night.
The relatives of the teenager made a missing person’s report three months later. Two days after the report was made, the ‘Godbrother’ disappeared, raising suspicions.
Hing was arrested at a house in Timehri, East Bank Demerara and Staymon George, who also became a person of interest, was arrested in Georgetown. One day after the arrest, a body suspected to be that of the missing teenager was discovered in a shallow grave at Kildonan.
Following the discovery, they both confessed to robbing and murdering the teenager who had close to £2000 and a quantity of expensive camera equipment. They admitted collecting the teen from the Airport on October 14, 2015 and on their way to Berbice, they stopped along Sheriff Street where they ate and drank a few beers.
The confession led to the arrest of three other persons, one of whom was Jameel Sinclair who took investigators aback the Nurney Village where he claimed he was instructed to hide several components of the teen’s camera.
Shortly after, the Guyana Police Force charged Hing, 22; George, 23; Thomas, 20; Henry, 39, and Sinclair, 20, for the murder. They were remanded to prison on the indictable charge.
However, on Tuesday, Thomas, Henry and Sinclair were granted bail by the High Court after an application was filed on their behalf. The petition was heard and granted by Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Demerara High Court in the sum of $300,000 each, and the trio instructed to report to the Whim Police Station on a regular basis.