Uncle of ‘hitman’ also charged with murder of Ruby businessman

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Another person has been charged for the 2008 murder of the Ruby, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) businessman Habiboodeen.

Michael London, the uncle of the ‘hitman’ who is alleged to have been contracted to kill the 77-year-old businessman on Friday appeared before Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool where he was slapped with a murder charge.

courtThe uncle suspected in the murder-for-hire plot against Habiboodeen, was charged with murder on Friday last when he appeared at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.

He was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charge.

London, the third person charged this week for the murder of Habiboodeen, is the uncle of the other murder suspect Linden Lewis.

Lewis was charged along with the dead man’s daughter Bibi Habiboodeen on Wednesday last. The trio is expected to make their next court appearance on June 21.

It is alleged that London, who resides in the Tuschen Housing Scheme, EBE, conspired with Bibi to have her father killed. He is accused of assisting in locating a ‘hitman’ to kill the businessman.

Reports are that the now dead man’s daughter had offered a land, a house and $6M to have her father murdered. It is believed that with this offer in mind, London secured the services of his nephew, Lewis, to commit the crime.

Police were able to nab these three suspects from the cold case after Lewis was arrested for the murders of Mohamed Munir, 75, and his wife Bibi Jamila Munir, 69. This couple was burnt to death in their Good Hope, EBE home.

While he was in police custody for that murder, investigating ranks who were conducting the interrogation got a breakthrough when Lewis admitted to killing Habiboodeen. He complained that he had not been compensated in full as was promised to him.

Law enforcement officials were told that a female family member of the now dead Habiboodeen complained that she had received nothing after the man’s death although other relatives benefitted from assets and properties.

In 2008, the dead businessman’s daughter, and his former employee, Terry Lewton, 38, of Vergenoegen, EBE, had been charged with the murder at that time, but the case was subsequently dismissed owing to insufficient evidence.

 

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