Wife, hitman jailed for Herstelling block maker’s murder


Some five years after Nathan Persaud, a blocks maker of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was murdered, his wife Beverly Persaud, 52, and 27-year-old Oswald Yaw have been jailed for the crime.

On January 26, 2021, the duo pleaded guilty to the murder as they had no longer wished to proceed to trial.

Persaud, the now dead man’s wife, has been sentenced to 29 years in jail while the hitman, Yaw received a sentence of 39 years in jail. The duo appeared before Justice Navindra Singh, this morning, who imposed the sentence.

According to the conditions of their sentence, Persaud and Yaw will both become eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 20 years in prison.

It was alleged that they, on September 10, 2015, at Herstelling murdered Nathan Persaud in pursuance of a financial arrangement by Beverly Persaud.

According to reports, a neighbour heard screams from the residence but did not think to investigate until a man was seen leaving the home several minutes later, rousing his suspicions. The neighbour alerted others and they proceeded to the house at 66 Herstelling New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, where they discovered Nathan Persaud’s battered body.

A brick and a hammer were found at the crime scene leading investigators to believe that the objects were used to murder Persaud. The man had several stab wounds about his body and his head was bashed in.