A man and a woman were on Wednesday arraigned for the murder of 82-year-old George Chuck-A-Sang, the retired Anglican priest who was found dead last December in his Lodge, Georgetown home.
Rawle McPherson, 45, of Victoria, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and Mohanie Mohabir, 43, of Corentyne, Berbice, were not required to plead to the indictable charge.
It is alleged that between December 21 and December 23, 2020, at Georgetown, they murdered Chuck-A-Sang. They appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. As such, they were remanded to prison and were scheduled to make their next court appearance on February 25, 2021.
It was reported that the lifeless body of the elderly man was discovered in his home. Investigations revealed that the now dead man’s daughter, Renata Chuck-A-Sang, had last spoken to her father via a WhatsApp call on Friday, December 18, 2020, about 08:00h.
Their conversation was reportedly along normal lines, but on Monday, December 21, 2020, about 15:00h, when the younger Chuck-A-Sang attempted to contact her father, his mobile phone went unanswered.
This prompted her to visit his residence, but, again, she was unable to contact him. As a result, she went to the residence of the current priest, Father Monsell Alves, at North East La Penitence, Georgetown and explained the situation. Consequently, the priest gave her access to her father’s living quarters via his office door. It was then that she went into the upper flat of the house and discovered the body of her father, clad in a pair of white briefs, lying motionless on the floor.
The Police said what appeared to be several stab wounds were visible on the priest’s body, and his forehead appeared to be swollen.
In 2017, George Chuck-A-Sang served as Chairman of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry set up to examine and make recommendations to resolve all issues and uncertainties surrounding the claims of Amerindian land titling; the individual, joint or communal ownership of lands acquired by freed Africans, and any matter relating to land titling in Guyana.
He had also served as a priest at the Holy Trinity Church on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two (Pomeroon–Supenaam) and the St Sidwell’s Anglican Church in Georgetown.