Three of the suspects in the murder of 64-year-old Roger Manikam, whose body was dumped on the Coldingen, East Coast Demerara (ECD) Railway Embankment, are expected to be arraigned for murder today.
Murdered: Roger Manikam
The man’s 17-year-old daughter has confessed to murdering her father and is expected to be charged today
One of the accused
Manikam’s body was found by residents in the area around 06:30h along the Coldingen Railway Embankment on Sunday last with wounds to the head and upper neck. He was bound and his head was covered by a plastic bag.
The man’s 17-year-old biological daughter and 13-year-old stepdaughter have since admitted to killing him, claiming that he was a “nuisance” to them.
The older teenager’s boyfriend, a Clerk attached to the High Court, was also arrested and confessed to being an accessory to murder. He had been previously arrested for questioning in relation to the murder of Regent Multiplex Mall owner Ganesh Ramlall, but was released shortly after. Additionally, the driver of the car that was used to transport the man’s body from his Section B, Nonpareil, ECD home to Coldingen Railway Embankment has also been arrested in relation to the murder and is expected to be charged.
This was confirmed by Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, who also related to Guyana Times that the Police have impounded the vehicle in question. He noted that the two males confessed to disposing of the body. The suspects were taken to the scene, where they indentified the spot they dumped Manikam’s body. They also took investigators a short distance away where they dumped incriminating materials such as bloody sheets and clothing.
Detectives became suspicious of the dead man’s daughters after they realised that the rope serving as the clothes line in the yard of the home was identical to the one used to secure the plastic found around the man’s head. The Police took the two young ladies into custody and during interrogation; they broke down and gave a detailed account of the murder.
The Crime Chief related that while the trio is expected to be brought before the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court today, the Police are awaiting advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Chamber in relation to the 13-year-old.