GPF says no political motive in murders of Berbice teens

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Isaiah Henry and Joel Henry

As the Guyana Police Force continues to investigate the murders of 16-year-old Isaiah Henry and 19-year-old Joel Henry, it has stated that there is no evidence which suggests that the heinous crime was politically motivated.

During a press conference this afternoon, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum said “there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever” to indicate that the two young men, who were cousins, were killed for political reasons.

The two boys, who resided at Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice, had left their homes on Saturday morning to pick coconuts at Cotton Tree Backdam. However, their badly-mutilated bodies were discovered on Sunday.

The brutal murder of the two young men has sparked outrage across the nation and resulted in massive protests, especially in West Berbice communities.

So far, seven persons are in police custody. These persons are the owner of an estate upon which bloodstains were found, his son, two coconut vendors, and several employees.

Crime scene samples are expected to be sent to the forensic laboratory as the investigation continues.

A postmortem examination will be conducted on the bodies of the two young men tomorrow, September 9.