Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Essequibo - Naiomi-Singh-murdered
Krishna Talchand and his wife, Ormilla
Two men are dead and a ten-year-old boy is
missing following a boat accident in the Essequibo
River (red above)
but some relatives have raised the theory that
the craft was rammed and the men robbed.
The boat in which the
trio was travelling at Parika yesterday.
The bodies of Jainarine Dinanauth, 45, of Zeelugt,
East Bank Essequibo and Henry Gibson, 45, of Hog
Island, Essequibo River were discovered in their
shattered wooden boat, which was drifting just off
the eastern side of Hog Island at about 9:30am
yesterday. Dinanauth’s son, Ricky Jainarine, 10,
was in the boat with them and is missing. There was
no sign of the other boat that was involved in the
accident and no report that it had contacted the
Police said in a statement that they are
investigating a river mishap, which, according to
them, occurred between 6:30 pm on Monday and 8:30 am
yesterday. Investigations reveal-ed that the trio
left the Parika Stelling at about 6:30 pm on Monday
for Hog Island in a wooden boat. After he had not
made contact with her, Dinanauth’s reputed wife
began making enquiries and subsequently formed a
search party with the assistance of public-spirited
persons, the police stated. They eventually
found the bodies of Dinanauth and Gibson, which bore
injuries, in the badly damaged boat. The vessel was
in the Essequibo River in the vicinity of Hog
Island, said the police. The body of Ricky, who is
feared dead, has not yet been recovered.
found at factory
Singh murdered by bandits on Leguan
Intense grief overwhelmed many relatives on Hog
Island yesterday as they struggled to accept that
the men were dead. Dinanauth- a miner and also a
farmer, had just returned from the interior on
Saturday, relatives said. His reputed wife, Salimoon
Rahaman told Stabroek News that she last spoke to
Dinanauth as he was in the river heading to Hog
Island. Amid deep grief, the woman related that she
spoke to him at 6:30 pm on Monday as he waited on
the Parika beach for Gibson to arrive to pick him
up. Ten minutes later, they spoke again and over the
sound of an engine, he told her that he would arrive
in the next 15 minutes. He never made it home and
after some time had elapsed, the deeply worried
woman called his phone several times. “I call and
call and up to now I can’t get an answer”, the
woman said dissolving again into tears.
Dinanauth had returned from the interior, where
he worked at a gold mine, on Saturday, and had
called her from Bartica, she recalled. When the
miner arrived from Bartica, he proceeded to his
Zeelugt home, where his wife and two daughters
reside. He had returned from the mines because his
mother was sick, relatives, who gathered at the
Zeelugt home yesterday, said.
On Monday evening he left to go to the family’s
Hog Island farm. After being unable to contact him,
yesterday morning, Rahaman and her eldest son went
to the river to search. She told Stabroek News that
from close to the shore of nearby Leguan Island, she
observed a white object and thinking that it was the
boat, proceeded there.
Lilawattie Persaud, the
wife of Henry Gibson, and their three children at
their Hog Island home yesterday.
It was indeed the boat and portions of the front
part were shattered. The upper portion of Henry’s
body was lying half-submerged in the water at the
back of the boat, close to the engine. Dinanauth’s
body was lying face-up, at the shattered portion.
His face bore many marks and there were two cuts at
his neck, Rahaman said. She recalled that his face
was black and blue, his teeth were exposed, there
were cuts on his forehead and his eyes were swollen.
Henry sustained a gash to the back of his head and
was still bleeding when the discovery was made, she
The grieving woman said that a bag, which
Dinanauth would normally travel with, was missing.
However, the licenced firearm holder’s revolver
was still in his pocket as was a blue rag. She said
that she made no further checks. However, she noted
that he usually wore a lot of jewellery but this
time she saw no sign of any. According to her,
Dinanauth’s brother had said that he was $300,000
with him. Before collapsing and fainting the woman
lamented the fate of her reputed husband and son.
“Go look fuh me son nah”, she said sobbing
Gibson had gone to collect his neighbour after
Rahaman was unable to go because she had been
cooking. In tears, his wife, Lilawattie Persaud told
Stabroek News that they had been working in the
fields when Dinanauth called and asked her husband
to collect him at Parika. He left at about 6 pm and
Ricky went along with him. Later in the night,
Rahaman called and expressed worry that they had not
arrived. Persaud said that yesterday morning, she
called a relative and a few minutes later, he called
back and related the news.
The couple are the parents of three children, two
boys, aged eight and five years and a two-year-old
girl. Relatives gathered at the couple’s humble
home to offer their support. They said that Gibson
was a hard worker. “He doan deh in the house and
sleep in the day…every day the man does go an do
work, even Sunday”, they recalled. Gibson had been
in the process of clearing a two-acre plot to plant.
He is also survived by two brothers and three
Many persons and relatives gathered at the Parika
beach yesterday to view the shattered boat.
Dinanauth’s brother, Ramnarine told Stabroek News
that he received a call that his brother had been
found dead and went to the area. Some persons raised
the question of whether the men were robbed pointing
to the missing bag and stated that given the extent
of the damage, the boat would have turned over.
Police sources said that they did not have any firm
indication of a robbery.
The bodies of Dinanauth and Gibson were taken to
the West Demerara Regional Hospital and post-mortem
examinations are expected to be done shortly.