2 WOMEN KILLED
By STACY MOORE and LAUREL WILLIAMS Saturday, September 7 2013
EVEN as Gary Griffith was taking the oath of office as the country’s new National Security Minister, having received a mandate from Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to immediately deal with wanton crime and lawlessness, two women have been murdered in unrelated incidents in Freeport and Marabella.
Mother of three May Guyapersad who went missing after a night of liming was found dead in a forested area off Chickland Village in Freeport. Her underwear was found some distance from where her body was lying.
Guyapersad’s body was found by a man who had ventured into the forested area hunting for manicous. Guyapersad, 54, according to police was found with a wound to her head. According to police, her body was found shortly after midnight. Guyapersad lived in Chickland with her common-law husband Mohid Hosein, 64, and were a couple for the past 15 years.
Speaking at his Jogie Lane, Freeport home Guyapersad’s former common-law husband Dennis Noel, said although he and the deceased were separated for several years, they had remained friends and Noel was also friends with Hosein.
Guyapersad was last seen alive on Wednesday morning by villagers in Chickland. Guyapersad, Newsday was told, was liming at a bar in Chickland on Tuesday night when she fell to the ground apparently after having one drink too many. Guyapersad later left the bar and went to a nearby house where she sat in a hammock and fell asleep. Sometime during the night, she got up, left the hammock and stumbled along the road apparently en route to her home. She was never seen alive again.
When she did not return home on Wednesday, a search party including Noel later ventured in search of her. “I got a phone call from her husband (Hosein) that she never came home and that is how I knew she had gone missing,” Noel said. He added that family and friends began searching for the woman but all efforts failed.
“And then this morning (yesterday) I got a phone call that her body was found in the forests in Chickland,” Noel said. He left his home and went to the forested area where he saw police and villagers standing near the body of Guyapersad who was found lying face down.
“There were police officers all over and she had blood on her face,” Noel added he strongly believes she was murdered. “They found her underwear in some bushes and she had on one side of slippers. Nothing is adding up. How did she end up here. I think someone raped and killed her. It is really unfair, she did not deserve this,” Noel said. Police sources said that until an autopsy, which is to be done next Monday at the Forensic Science Centre St James, proves otherwise, they are viewing Guyapersad’s death as unnatural and a homicide. Sgt Mohammed of Freeport Police Station is continuing investigations.
In the second incident, a woman who was left home alone preparing to host a prayer service set for today, was found yesterday by her husband bludgeoned to death inside their Marabella home. The body of Etheleen ‘Nip’ White, 44, of St James Street was discovered by husband Garnet White, 54, as he returned home from work earlier than usual to assist her in preparing for the prayer service.
A weeping Garnet, a mechanic with Junior Sammy Contractors, said he worked through his lunch hour so he could leave early in order to assist his wife with preparations for the prayers. White was the mother of Sharlene, 27; Marlene, 22; and Barry 26. White who lived with her husband, also had three young grandchildren. “Look how I had to find my wife. It had to be someone she know who murdered her. How else could the killer get inside?” Garnet cried.
He begged for a resumption of hangings to deal with the rampant crime, lawlessness and murders which up to press time was 262.
Police said at about 3.30 pm, Garnet returned home to discover his wife’s body bathed in blood lying on the floor in the kitchen. There was a gaping wound to White’s head. The house was not ransacked and police have ruled out robbery as a motive. Police believe a bloodstained hammer and rolling pin, found near the body, were the weapons used to batter White to death. A villager, who asked not to be identified, recalled that at 1 pm, residents heard loud screams coming from the house and two persons went to investigate. After the two walked up the steps to the Whites’ home, the screaming stopped and a door which was slightly ajar, was slammed shut from inside the house. “The screaming stopped and we were on the steps. We were calling out the woman’s name very loudly. Shortly after, the screaming resumed for a short while before everything went silent once and for all,” the villager said.
“What is hurting is that we were there while the killer was still inside and we did not know. Someone called the police but no one came. It was only when her husband came home and made the discovery, that the police came,” the man said.
Other residents claimed that a man sporting dreadlocked hairstyle was seen jumping over a fence and running off. Officers led by Snr Supt Cecil Santana and including Supt Cyril Harry, ASP Zamsheed Mohammed, Sgt Marlon Bruce and others visited the scene.