Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, told a section of the media last evening that the reputed husband of 28-year-old Hafeeza Rohoman, has been arrested for her murder; and has since made a confession to the police.
Hafeeza Rohoman of Helena, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD) went missing on January 7 and was found floating in a trench in the village four days later.
Lakeram Harrinarine also called “Vicky” reportedly told investigators they were on a bicycle when an argument ensued between them. As a result, the now dead woman came off the bicycle, collected the wooden bar and dealt Harinarine one blow to his body.
In a drunken state, he retaliated by forcefully retrieving the bar and dealing Rohoman several blows to the head. He claimed that the woman then fell overboard, but instead of helping her, he rode away.
Meanwhile, the autopsy performed on the body of Rohoman by Dr Nehaul Singh gave the cause of death as blunt trauma to the head.
Relatives of the dead woman had told reporters that the woman recently moved in with Harinarine who was described as an alcoholic. Residents claimed that the couple would consume alcohol on a regular basis. The man was also in the habit of beating the woman whenever he was drunk.
Harinarine is expected to be charged with murder as early as Monday.