4 in custody for brutally beating pensioner, damaging property
Four men are in Police custody and are being grilled over the brutal beating of 72-year-old Ramsahoye Deochan and the destruction of his property in the wee hours of Sunday.
Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-Division C (East Coast Demerara), Royston Andries-Junor, when contacted on Monday told Guyana Times that one of the men was arrested on Sunday while the other three were apprehended early Monday.
The men, including the employer of Deochan’s son, may be charged for attempted murder and damage to property.
It is alleged that the employer of the elderly man’s son orchestrated the attack and destruction of property over alleged “stolen money”.
According to initial reports, the elderly man’s son, while being employed at a business in Strathspey, ECD, reportedly stole an undisclosed sum of money and a gold chain belonging to the owner. He was, however, confronted by his employer and others during which he was severely beaten. Ever since, he has gone into hiding, leaving his father at the mercy of the men.
Randy Deochan, the injured man’s grandson, had told this publication that when he was contacted about the incident, he learnt that it was the business owner, his son and three other men who came in search of his uncle, who remains in hiding.
“The owner, his cousin and a friend along with the youngest son went and damage everything in the house. Break all the windows, everything”, he explained.
Speaking about his grandfather’s injuries, the grandson said, “he has stroke on the right side of his body which makes him somewhat handicap because he can hardly move. He now has head injuries; the nurse is saying it is caused from being beaten in the head with an amplifier… I can’t see how they could beat a man in this condition”.
The 72-year-old man resides in the upper flat of his two-storey home with his wife, their son, and another male relative.
Meanwhile, 27-year-old Gavin Ramsai, his wife, Taijwattie Bhawanie, and their one-year-old child reside in the lower flat of the house.
According to the police report, at about 02:45h on Sunday, Bhawanie was awoken by loud noises and upon investigating, she realised that the windows surrounding her apartment were broken.
She then peeked through a hole and noticed four individuals pelting objects at her home. The quartet quickly entered her apartment and she ran out to safety from another direction with her husband and child.
Bhawanie told the police that shortly after, the suspects ran away from their home, and when she entered her flat, she noticed that her television set along with other articles were damaged.
She then proceeded to check on what had transpired in the upper flat and observed that “everything” there was broken or damaged. The pensioner was also severely injured, with blood covering his face and other parts of his body.
The woman reported to the police that she quickly escorted the older gentleman to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), where he was admitted and began receiving medical attention.
He is said to be in a stable condition.