Greek businessman found dead with
bullet hole in
Police yesterday questioned the wife of a
Greece-born local businessman who was found dead with
a single gunshot wound to the right temple.
In happier times: Vlachakis
Zackarias with his son and wife Rosemarie Budarsingh.
Investigators believe that 54-year-old Vlachakis
Zackarias shot himself with an unlicenced .32 revolver
during a domestic dispute with his Guyanese wife,
The incident occurred at around 06:30 hours at the
coupleís 123 Ramsingh Street, Annandale, East Coast
The weapon was found lying next to Zackarias with a
discharged round in the chamber.
But investigators have taken the precautionary measure
of swabbing the hands of the dead man and his wife,
with the aim of narrowing down their investigations.
Zackarias and his wife of 10 years lived with their
eight-year-old son and operate a fast food/water
They also operate a poultry farm at Grassfield,
Neighbours said that the couple had had previous
Early yesterday they were heard quarrelling
The neighbours also heard the shattering of glass
which suggested that the argument was more violent
than normal. A brief period of silence ensued followed
by a loud explosion.
lying motionless on a sofa in his study.
According to a source, the coupleís argument
stemmed from a dispute over
Budarsingh told investigators that following their
argument, her husband went into his study and locked
the door from inside. She said she heard the gunshot
and upon peering through a bottom flat window, she saw
Zackarias lying motionless, slumped in a sofa.
The woman broke the window and according to her, only
then did she realize that her husband had shot
She summoned a relative and then drove to the
Vigilance police station where she reported the
Kaieteur News understands that Zacharias and
Budarsingh had met more than a decade ago while she
was living in Berbice.
Police said that the Greek national who is a
naturalized Guyanese was previously a licenced firearm
holder but had lost his weapon when a boat he owned
sunk in the Mahaica Creek a few years ago.
Relatives described Zackarias as a kindhearted
Police say a post mortem examination will be performed
on Zackariasís body today.
August 19, 2009