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|Mother, two young sons found murdered : -at their Anna Catherina home|
|Sunday, 23 September 2012 19:36|
A 41-year-old mother and her two sons–aged six and 15 months were found murdered on Saturday evening at their Anna Catherina home on West Coast Demerara.
Deadare Jennifer Persaud, a mother of Afridi, 6, and Jadon, 15 months. The news of the gruesome murders rocked the usually quiet countryside village causing eruptions of weeping and wailing Their bodies were discovered with throats slit in her bed, shortly before 19:00 hours. Relatives said the house was ransacked, , but throughout the ordeal, no one claimed to have heard any strange sounds. It was only after her parents who live at Friendship, East Bank Demerara tried repeatedly to contact her on Saturday and failed, that suspicions were aroused.
While the motive for the killing is not yet known, relatives claim a bag containing clothes for the 15-month old was found in the room. Leonora Police soon after detained the dead woman’s 26-year-old reputed husband, who is a deportee with the only name given as ‘Lenny’ and is in custody. The two have had a stormy relationship for the last three years, relatives said, during which time she mothered his son Jadron.
Jennifer also called Jenny, lived with Lenny and her two sons at Sea View, Anna Catherina and operated a grocery shop below, with a beer garden and pools shop adjoining. Neighbours claimed the woman locked up her beer garden and pools shop around midnight on Friday and retired to bed. However, throughout the day, both businesses – the beer garden and grocery shop remained closed and no one from the home was seen moving around. Neighbours said they thought she had gone to visit her parents on the East Bank Demerara. This has now given rise to suspicions that the three might have been killed sometime after midnight when neighbours were asleep.
According to the dead woman’s daughter, Angela Persaud, the couple was living together for approximately three years and during this time they shared a very abusive relationship. She said she and her three sisters did not have a good relationship with their mom because of her much younger reputed husband.
She further explained that they did not only have a problem with his age, but they were also aware of him being abusive towards their mother.
Persaud’s sister, Pauline revealed that on several occasions the woman would put him out of her home when they had disagreements but he would go away for a while and then return.
The daughter, Angela said that on Saturday night after Lenny was informed of the death of his wife, child and step child, he came by and looked at the bodies but showed no emotion.
“When he come, no cry on he face, no facial nothing…no nothing, no cry… He just say he ain’t know nothing,” said the distraught young woman.
She said that his lack of emotion made him seem guilty and he was subsequently detained by police. In addition, two bags containing items belonging to Jadon were discovered at the scene which made it seem like someone had planned or contemplated taking the baby somewhere.
At the time this newspaper visited the home yesterday morning, police detectives were on the scene carrying out investigations. Although relatives said that the murder weapon was not yet discovered, they said they are pleased with the work the police are doing so far.
The dead woman’s distraught mother, ‘Junka’ and her husband Kumar Persaud also called ‘Fally’ recalled that on Saturday morning they sent another grandson to collect plucked chicken from Jenny. However, when he reached there the place was locked up and he called out and got no reply. After a long wait the child returned home. Jenny’s parents followed up with several unsuccessful phone calls. By the end of the day, Junka said, they became very worried and thought that something was amiss and as such, visited the home at Anna Catherina.
When the elderly couple arrived at their daughter’s home, it was already beginning to get dark and it was still tightly shut up. Her father Kumar and his grandson climbed and forced their way through a window, into the house, but got the shock of their lives with a gruesome discovery. The three blood soaked bodies were lying on her bed with their throats slit. Little Jadon was lying atop of her and his elder brother, Afridi alongside her.
Startled, Kumar rushed back out of the house and broke the disturbing news. The police were called in and began investigations. As villagers stormed the house, offering their condolences, Jennifer’s reputed husband was said to have ventured nearby and was accosted by police. He , however, claimed he knew nothing about the murders, and had been playing in a ball game at Tuschen when he heard the news and decided to come by.
Meanwhile, a huge crowd of neighbours – shocked beyond words, gathered outside the home of the tragedy as police continued their investigations inside.
The dead woman’s four daughters live elsewhere - the younger two with their father’s relatives and the elder two on their own, one being married. The elder two who got the message late and had to travel a far distance to reach Anna Catherina, arrived on the scene of the murder after midnight, and, shocked beyond words, forced their way through the crowd, entering the home where their mother and brothers lay. Tears were immediately brought to the eyes of the crowd when the e eldest daughter, walked up, and looking dazed asked: “Whey mommy?” She was quickly helped into the house by relatives and neighbours who defied police orders for everyone to ‘keep back.’ They were allowed to view the dead and broke down in tears.
Those who knew about Jenny’s life recalled that she had endured a very stormy relationship with her paramour whom they described as very violent. Relatives said Jenny’s reputed husband beat her regularly and only a few days before her death had beat her so badly, she was forced to report the matter to the Leonora police. Feeling that she had endured too much at his hands, Jenny threatened that she wanted him out of her life, relatives said and perhaps that was too much for him. One concerned elderly relative added: “Every second they ah fight, now look … they done fuh good.”
Meanwhile, her former husband who has custody of the two younger girls, recalled that only recently Jenny had begged him to send the two girls back home to live with her, but the children had not quite made up their minds.
Relatives and neighbours described the now dead woman as someone who was ambitious, industrious and worked hard to achieve what she acquired in life. She established and ran her business for about 9 years, they said, adding: “But now she would not live to enjoy it.”
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