bizarre deaths of four persons, including
two children, have left the East Bank
Demerara village of Grove in shock, and
relatives of the dead wondering whether it
was murder, suicide or both.
bodies of the four persons were discovered
yesterday at 102 Grove Public Road by
neighbours who checked a strong stench
coming from the house
house, property of a well-known business
establishment, was being occupied by Fred
Looknauth, 66, who was found dead with a
shirt covering his face in the upper flat
of the heavily grilled building, his
daughter Elaine Ramrattan said.
others found dead in the house were
Danmattie Kayman, a mini-bus conductor who
would have celebrated her 43rd birthday
today, and her two children, Alicia
Kirkpatrick, 7 and Melville Jnr., 3.
woman was found dead in the upstairs
bathroom with a sheet covering her. The
children were found in the lower flat of
of the woman said she did not have a
relationship with Looknauth, but had been
looking for a place to stay after she was
evicted from her familyís house at
Kaneville, also on the East Bank, and the
man had offered to let her stay there
until she had left the country, as she was
planning to do.
who ventured into the house after it began
to smell foul did not report seeing marks
of violence on the bodies, as they called
in the Police who took over the matter.
said they are investigating the
circumstances which led to the death of
the four persons whose partly decomposed
bodies were found in the house at about
10:15 h yesterday.
Ramrattan said she last saw her father
Saturday evening, when he went by her
house, 103 Grove Squatting Area, for
dinner. She said he used to live at her
place, but since he was offered to ďtake
careĒ of the house, he began living
there about a year ago.
said she did not find it unusual that he
didnít visit her the days following,
since he would come by whenever he felt
like. However, an elderly relative and
neighbour who were accustomed to seeing
Looknauth asked her when she last she saw
her father. Then is when they decided to
check the house, since a foul smell was
coming from it, she said.
said two youths from the neighbourhood
ventured into the property and discovered
the bodies after which the Police were
woman who was found dead along with her
children was due to visit her mother on
Saturday evening, but didnít do so.
mother, Rita Ramlagan, said she received a
call from her daughter Saturday afternoon
informing her that she would be spending
the weekend at her East La Penitence,
said she prepared the chowmein her
daughter asked her to cook, but even
though she failed to show, she did not
take it to mean anything untoward had
said on Sunday morning, the father of her
daughterís now dead three-year-old son
visited her East La Penitence home, saying
that she had asked him to pick her up with
the bus. But then she informed him that
she did not come to spend the night like
she said she would.
said the man left and she received no
word. On Sunday, she went to visit her
other daughter in the Diamond housing
scheme, and when she was leaving, at about
18:00 Sunday evening, she decided to check
she said when she reached the house, she
called and called, but no one answered.
She said she heard a baby crying in the
house and then a slender young lady who
was going into the yard informed her that
Danmattie had left to go out.
elderly woman said she asked the young
woman to inform her daughter that she was
Tuesday, Ramlagan said she returned to
visit her daughter but no one responded to
her calls. She said she noticed that there
were no curtains up, and she began to
wonder whether her daughter had left for
Puerto Rico without telling her.
said her daughter was pursing a job in
Puerto Rico and had shown her the
documents, promising her that she would
work hard and send back money so she would
not have to work any more.
sexagenarian, Ramlagan said she looked
forward to the break from her work. But at
11:30 h yesterday she got a call at her
workplace that would dash her hopes. When
she reached her other daughterís home in
the Diamond housing scheme, she received
the startling news.
said the elderly man had offered her
daughter a roof since she was evicted from
her home in Kaneville which she used to
occupy with her children from her first
marriage. They refused to speak with the
Guyana Chronicle yesterday.
dead manís daughter said neither she nor
his other relatives knew much about the
woman and she had been living there for
about six months now. Elaine Ramrattan
said she is his only child here. Her other
siblings live overseas, as does her
mother, who separated from her father
bodies of the dead persons are at a city
mortuary awaiting post mortem.
Police have invited anyone with
information which could assist in their
investigations to contact them on
telephone numbers 225-6411, 226-6978,
226-7065, 225-6940, 265-2233 or 911.