Police on Saturday evening nabbed the fourth suspect in the triple murder, which rocked Black Bush Polder, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on July 23, 2016, Police spokesman, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan has said.Ramlakhan, in a report Sunday afternoon, stated that following a tip-off, ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters conducted a covert operation in the backlands of the Corentyne, which led to the arrest of the suspect.Carlton Chetram (left); Tameshwar Jagmohan and Jairam Chetram as they exit the holding area at the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsDead: Jaikarran Chandradeo, also called “Kevin Naresh”, Pawan Chandradeo, also called “Surish Jaikarran”,Narish Rooplall, also called “Mice”An unlicensed shotgun and seven cartridges were also found, Ramlakhan revealed. He said that two other males were also in custody assisting in the investigation in respect of the firearm used in the triple murder.A Police source identified the suspect as “Rocky” or “Go to front”, who was wanted for some time now.Sources in Berbice confirmed that the man was spotted in the area by a resident who tipped off the Police.Well-placed sources said that the suspect was likely to be charged soon.On Friday, July 23, 2016, the bodies of Pawan Chandradeo, also called “Surish”, 37, of Black Bush Polder; his son Jaikarran Chandradeo, also called “Kevin”, 15 and his brother-in-law, Narish Rooplall, also called “Mice”, 33, of Number 73 Village, Corentyne were discovered lying next to each other on a dam at Cookrite Savannah, Black Bush Polder, with gunshot wounds.Police in a release said each body bore a single gunshot wound.The discovery of the bodies was made shortly after daybreak by a rice farmer. The bodies were lying on a dam about three miles into the savannah, a short distance away from “King’s Camp”.The men had gone on a fishing expedition which began at 15:00h on Thursday. They were expected back about 03:00h the following morning.During the probe, investigators detained several persons and after intense questioning, four of them succumbed to the pressure and eventually confessed to the crime.A farmer, Carlton “Lyman” Chetram; his wife; their son, 19-year-old Jairam Chetram and an employee, Tameshwar Tajmohan confessed to the killing and revealed that another man was involved.That other suspect turned out to be “Rocky”.Based on information received, on the night in question, Chetram, who owns rice land in the area, along with his family and two employees, was breaking the padlock to gain access to the fuel tanks on another farmer’s rice cultivation when they were seen by the trio who were fishing nearby. It was reported that out of fear of being caught, the farmer, his son and his employee killed the three men.The man’s son was said to be the trigger man.The farmer is a licensed firearm holder and the suspected murder weapon, his shotgun, was subsequently sent for ballistic testing following autopsies on the victims’ bodies.The men were subsequently charged and were remanded.
Internal Affairs Minister Morris M. Dukuly Tuesday invoked what he called “The Fifth Amendment,” refusing to expound on his recent allegations that a lawmaker of the 53rd Legislature had made a written request to transfer US$800,000 to his or her personal account from the County Development Fund and the Social Development Fund of a particular county.The Internal Affairs Minister, however, informed the legislature that he would avail himself to that body in executive session if they (Senate) deemed it necessary, where he promised to disclose the name of the lawmaker who made the request.It was not known up to press time Tuesday whether Minister Dukuly made good on his promise by disclosing the name of the lawmaker who made the request. Executive session decisions are not for public consumption, at least not immediately.However, an authoritative source close to the leadership of the Senate last night hinted to this newspaper that during the executive session, Minister Dukuly contradicted his earlier assertion about the US$800,000, and he may likely face contempt charges when he reappears again soon before that body. The source did not elaborate. Minister Dukuly made the assertion about the US$800,000 request last Thursday when lawmakers grilled him about his decision to place a moratorium on the disbursement of county and social development funds.The reference by Minister Dukuly to the “5th Amendment” prompted some legal minds of the Senate to leaf through the Constitution, only to conclude that no such provision is contained in the country’s organic law.Following the Minister’s hours of standing before the Elders of the Legislature, and receiving a barrage of questions, the Senate saw the need to go into executive session; but only after Minister Dukuly, who once served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, frowned upon the lack of courtesy afforded him, recalling that all the time he served as Speaker, he could not recollect meting out such treatment to a senior government official invited to appear before lawmakers. Minister Dukuly’s summoniing by the Senate plenary followed a loaded dossier of accusations by a cross section of Senators that the Ministry of Internal Affairs was taking unilateral decisions that need the blessing of Legislative committees having oversight of its activities.Among other things, the Senators complained to plenary that Minister Dukuly was in the habit of deleting names of chiefs with the excuse that they are either too old to function, or that most of them have long past the age of retirement.Other Senators accused Minister Dukuly of placing a moratorium on the disbursement of CDF and SDF to counties.But during his earlier appearance Thursday, Minister Dukuly clarified that he did not place a moratorium on the CDF or SDF, but had rather instituted a selective review process.An hour before Minister Dukuly’s appearance Tuesday, Grand Gedeh County Senator Alphonso Gaye, wrote the Senate plenary requesting that a committee be set up to investigate the US$800,000 allegation, but his colleagues voted that the Minister be asked to elaborate by naming the lawmaker.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)