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The four persons who have been accused of the execution-style killing of domestic worker Lelawattie Mohamed at her Lot 149, Sixth Street, Tain Settlement, Corentyne Berbice home on February 7, 2017 will now face a Judge and jury to answer the capital indictment.
At conclusion of the preliminary inquiry in the Berbice High Court on Thursday, November 29, Magistrate Charlene Artiga committed Tain residents Oliver Permaul, 36, and his wife Nazeema Permaul, 42; Andre James, also called ‘Andy’, 26, a tattoo artist of Lot 46 ‘A’ George Street, Rose Hall Town; and Rohan Johnson, 38, a carpenter of Clarendon, Jamaica and of Lot 107 Second Street, Rose Hall Town.
The shooting, witnessed by the woman’s children, reportedly appeared to have been committed during the commission of a robbery.
It has been reported that the late Lelawattie Mohamed had been having an affair with a businessman, but after his wife found out, she allegedly ordered a “hit” on Mohamed.
It has further been reported that the said businesswoman was in a relationship with Permaul, who operates his barbershop opposite her home at Tain, Corentyne. Johnson and James were reportedly the hired “hit men”.
Nazeema Permaul allegedly assisted in planning the murder, and also allegedly acted as the agent who handed over the cash to the ‘hit men’.
On September 24, a fifth accused — Shabikie Albert, also called ‘Shabikie Thompson’ — was freed of this indictment by Magistrate Artiga.
During the preliminary inquiry, the Permauls were represented by Attorney- at-Law Mursaline Bacchus, while Attorney-at-Law Benard DeSantos represented James, and Attorney-at-Law Moti Singh represented Johnson.