The man who was detained by Police in connection with the murder of Parika fuel dealer Seeram Singh’s was positively identified by an eyewitness, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has confirmed. INews understands that the man is a deportee.
Blanhum was quoted by Guyana Times as saying that during an identification parade (ID) on Tuesday, the man was positively identified.
The suspect, who was arrested on Sunday evening in Parika, will be charged with the capital offence by the end of the week. A woman, said to be an ex-lover of the now dead businessman, was arrested earlier, and is still in police custody.
INews understands that the woman allegedly contracted the gunman to execute the businessman and to make it look like a robbery after he (Singh) broke off the relationship and began dating someone else.
Singh, 52, of Lot 40 Parika Outfall, East Bank Essequibo, was stabbed to his abdomen and shot twice – to his head and his hip.
The bullet to his head was at close range and may have been the fatal shot. According to information, the man was talking to someone on his mobile phone when he was attacked and stabbed.
In an attempt to raise an alarm, the injured man ran towards a shop, but the gunman gave chase and caught up with him. A scuffle ensued and it was then the suspect discharged two rounds at Singh. As the businessman fell, the gunman relieved him of two gold chains and escaped.
Singh was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, West Coast Demerara, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.