The man who allegedly pulled the trigger of the gun that killed Parika fuel dealer Seeram Singh, was arrested and is assisting with investigations.
Guyana Times understands that the woman in custody contracted the gunman to execute the businessman and to make it look like a robbery.
The reason for the woman’s alleged intent to want Singh dead is not clear. However, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that both the shooter and the woman are being grilled in connection with the murder. The man was reportedly arrested in Parika on Sunday evening.
Seeram Singh, 52, of Lot 40 Parika Outfall, East Bank Essequibo, was stabbed to his abdomen and shot twice – to his head and hip.
The bullet to his head was at close range and may have been the fatal shot. According to information, the man was talking to someone on his mobile phone when he was attacked and stabbed.
In an attempt to raise an alarm, the injured man ran towards a shop but the gunman gave chase and caught up with him. A scuffle ensued and it was then the suspect discharged two rounds at Singh. As the businessman fell, the gunman relieved him of two gold chains and escaped. Singh was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, West Coast Demerara, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. However, hours after the shooting the woman was taken into custody.
Alesia Singh, the man’s daughter told Guyana Times her father did not have any enemies and was not sure who might want to harm him. She described him as religious and helpful. The businessman operated several vessels that would supply fuel to miners in the Cuyuni/Mazaruini area.
The man leaves to mourn five children.