Poisoning of key witness: Family bracing for the worst as teen critical


– Police have nothing substantial to arrest suspect

As investigations continue into the alleged poisoning of the main witness who was slated to testify against Marcus Bisram in the Faiyaz Narinedatt murder trial, several persons including the man whom the family had suspected were questioned.

Dead: Faiyaz Narinedat

This was according to B Division (Berbice) Commander, Ian Amsterdam who spoke with sections of the media on Friday.

The Commander related that statements were taken from several persons as well as from the alleged suspect but confirmed that no one was taken into Police custody. He noted that based on the statements taken from the persons questioned, there was nothing substantial to warrant an arrest.

Amsterdam nevertheless explained that the Police will continue to place emphasis on the matter which he regards as sensitive. However, relatives of the 16-year-old witness explained that his condition has deteriorated tremendously over the past 24 hours and while they are praying for his speedy recovery, they are also bracing themselves for the worst.

One relative told this publication that the family received information that the man whom they suspected to have poisoned the teenager made arrangements to travel to the United States. This information according to the B Division Commander was not related to him as he was not aware of it when asked by this publication.

Relatives are calling on the relevant authorities to ensure that the alleged suspect, who is a close associate to Marcus Bisram, does not leave Guyana’s shores.

Alleged mastermind: Marcus Brain Bisram

It was reported that the now hospitalised teen was a frequent visitor to Bisram’s home when he was in Guyana and is said to have witnessed first-hand the events leading up to Narinedatt’s murder and also plans to stage the hit-and-run scene.

The teenager also reportedly knew the car which drove over the man’s body when it was placed on the Number 70 Village, Corentyne Highway.

Last Saturday he was allegedly given fried rice mixed with a poisonous substance. The teenager and a member of Bisram’s family circle – who also has family ties with the teenager – went into the backdam.

The teenager’s mother had said that upon her son’s return, she suspected something was amiss. However, he reportedly told her that he will be ‘ok’ but could not make it to have a shower. It was after his condition worsened, he was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where it was diagnosed that he was poisoned.

Due to his medical condition, he was referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted.

Narinedatt was murdered between October 31 and November 1, 2016, along the Number 70 Village Corentyne, Berbice,Public Road.

Three weeks later, four men were arraigned for the murder. They were 39-year-old Radesh Mootie of lot 124 Number 4 Village, Berbice; 18-year-old Deodatt Dott of Lot 98 Number 71 Village, Corentyne Berbice; 49-year-old Harripaul Parsram of Lot 164 Number 71 Village, Corentyne Berbice; and 37-year-old Nirone Yacoob, of Lot 65 Number 67 Village, Corentyne Berbice.

Meanwhile, one day after the arraignment of the four men, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) issued a wanted bulletin for Marcus Brian Bisram who is suspected to have ordered the murder of the carpenter.

Bisram was finally arrested in New York and remains in prison until his extradition hearing in August.

The wealthy businessman was charged in absentia for the murder of Narinedatt, a father of two.


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