By Kristen Macklingam
Six persons are now in the lockups following the robbery executed on Wednesday evening in Corentyne, Berbice where a businessman and his family were brutalised and robbed in their home.
Commander of “B” Division, Ian Amsterdam, told INews moments ago that three persons were taken into police custody after investigators commenced working on the case.
One of the three individuals is said to be assisting police with the investigation and provided information which led to the arrest of three other persons today (Friday).
“We are getting closer and closer to cracking this case and we should be able to do it soon. One of the three persons who were arrested today has a bicycle that fits the description, resembling the bicycle which was used in the robbery by the perpetrators, to get away. It is not an easy thing to work on a case from scratch but my team of investigators are working hard and will crack it soon,” he stated.
Reports are that five men, three of whom were armed with guns and two with cutlasses, went to Chill Grocery and Parlour situated at Lot 195 Nigg, about one mile off the Corentyne Highway and carried out the brutal attack on businessman Mandeshwal “Chill” Kamalall and his family.
Kamalall explained that the attack happened just as he was about to close his business for the day. He said he was lashed with a cutlass and put to lie on the ground. Two bandits stood guard, while the others went into the shop where his wife Dharma was, with their two children ages 3 and 12 years old.
“…they put the gun pon me and knock me in me head and in me face. And then they start demand fo money, an Ah tell them Ah gon give you,” he said.
The businessman’s wife, Dharma Kamalall related that her three-year-old daughter was also assaulted and ‘chucked’ and threats were made to kill the child if she did not cooperate and take them into the upper flat of the building.
She noted that it was at that stage that her 12-year-old daughter pleaded with the masked men not to hurt her baby sister or kill her mother.
The bandits did not pursue their request to enter the residential section of the two-storey building, and escaped on bicycles with the day’s sales ($60,000); $35,000 which Kamalall had in his pockets, two cellular phones valued at $85,000; $30,000 in phone cards and $35,000 worth of cigarettes.
Kamalall sustained injuries to his back and face, while his wife had injuries to her head from being gun butted.