Ex-GDF officer charged with murder for allegedly beheading uncle

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The former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldier who allegedly beheaded his 51-year-old uncle in Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Sunday last, was on Wednesday morning remanded to prison for murder.

Dwayne Tappin,26, of Better Hope, ECD was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Court.

The prosecutor objected to bail due to the nature of the alleged offence. Tappin is expected to reappear in court on September 28, 2017.

Dwayne Tappin, called “Waynie”

INews had previously reported that on Sunday last, Tappin confessed to the heinous crime of beheading his uncle, Randolph Seenauth at 125 South Better Hope, ECD at around 16:30h on Sunday.

Neighbours were reportedly awoken by a loud commotion coming from the property and the Police were called to investigate.

However, the gruesome discovery was made by the lawmen who reported that the dead man’s body and head were discovered in different parts of the bloodied house.

INews understands that after hacking his uncle, Tappin fled the scene but later surrendered himself to the Police. When this online publication arrived at the crime scene, Tappin was at the time being escorted by investigators to locate the cutlass he used to kill Seenauth.

Shocked neighbours described the deceased as a very quiet individual who would do odd jobs for a number of villagers.

However, when this newspaper visited the dead man’s sister, Indra Seenauth, she revealed that the murder may have been committed because of a property dispute in the family.

Indra Seenauth explained that she is the owner of the property in which her brother lived and was his caregiver, as he was epileptic.

The distraught woman said that the property was given to her by her mother who passed away in 2005 with instructions that she care for her other relatives (documents which were seen by INews.)

However, Seenauth disclosed that ever since her mother’s passing, her sister- Tappins’ mother- has been “fighting” for the land.

Tappin, reportedly with the assistance from other family members, would occasionally break into the now dead man’s house and assault him. Indra noted that several reports were lodged at the Plaisance Police Station to attest to this.

She said that on several occasions, her brother’s life and her own were threatened.

This publication was informed that the property dispute matter was recently called to court and Indra Seenauth was reportedly granted the property- which may have been what triggered Tappin’s rage.(Ramona Luthi)

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