After almost a year on the run, Shivanand Roopnarine of School Street, Grove, East Bank Demerara, was captured and has since confessed to the murder of his girlfriend Alissa McPherson, who was stabbed to death in Sophia, Greater Georgetown, on April 19, 2015.
Murder suspect, Shivanand Roopnarine
The 21-year-old murder suspect was reportedly heading to Mahdia and during the check point at Mabura, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), he was asked to produce a form of identification. It was at that point the Police at the check point recognised the young man and made the arrest.
Mc Pherson was stabbed about 41 times and left to die by the jealous man near a washroom in a yard located at Cappy’s Place, Dennis Street, Sophia, where a dance was being held.
The suspect reportedly told investigators that on the night of the incident, he became annoyed after seeing the teenager dancing with another man.
Upon seeing this, he ordered McPherson to leave the dance but she refused and in retaliation, he dragged her to the back of the yard where he stabbed her multiple times before escaping. A senior Police rank has confirmed that the wanted man was transported to Georgetown where will be further grilled by Police Officers in the capital.
Guyana Times was told that the young man is likely to make his first court appearance on Monday once advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is sought on the matter.
However, relatives of the dead woman are finally satisfied that the fugitive was capture and will face the full force of the law.
Her father, Ankoma Powers, in an interview stated that he is overjoyed that the perpetrator who has been on the run for almost a year was finally arrested and has subsequently confessed to killing his daughter.
“I have waited so long to hear this, searched high and low for him… I was forced to give up the kind of intense search that I was doing cause it was taking a toll on me , but I knew he was out there and never gave up hope in finding or seeing him one day,” he stated.
He commended the Guyana Police Force for their interest in the matter and their determination, and more so, the officer who executed the arrest.
The emotional father stated “It is hard to lose your children, it rips at me every moment I remember her… full of life, always smiling, pleasant and beautiful, she was the total package, a gem and to have witnessed her breathe her last breath, it was the most unpleasant experience in my life”, he added.