Eccles couple died from smoke inhalation, severe burns – PME
The Eccles, East Bank Demerara couple, who died in a fire following a domestic dispute, died from smoke inhalation and severe burns. This was revealed on Friday when the results of the post-mortem examination (PME) were released.
Guyana Times was however informed that the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Guyana Police Force (GPF) Public Relations Officer Royston Andries-Junor in an interview with this publication on Friday said no gunshot was found on the bodies as was previously suspected. This suspicion came as neighbours said the couple was arguing minutes before the house was set ablaze. Neighbours also allegedly heard what sounded like a gunshot being discharged.
The PRO also revealed that the couple was alive during the fire.
The charred remains of Leeroy King, 32, and his reputed wife Cindy Moses, 35, were discovered in their Lot 1139 Block EE Eccles, East Bank Demerara house on Tuesday evening.
Following the discovery, investigators have been treating the case as a murder/suicide, since it is being alleged that King was the one that might have started the fire.
When ranks arrived at the scene, they revealed that the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.
Reports are on Tuesday at about 19:00h, King arrived at the Eccles house and his wife was observed opening the gate for him.
A neighbour told Police that shortly after, she heard the couple arguing and then screams coming from the house and what appeared to be loud a explosion before seeing smoke coming from the upper flat on the northeastern side of the building. Both the Police and Fire Service were summoned, and the fire was extinguished. When ranks entered the home, they observed the bodies in a bedroom on the northeastern side of the upper flat of the building.
King, who had fathered three children from a previous relationship, had operated a barbershop in Diamond, EBD. Moses had operated a salon and a printery, also located in Diamond, EBD. (G9)