A teenager was on Saturday found dead at her Number Two Village, Canje home minutes after neighbours heard her and her boyfriend arguing.
Dead is 17-year-old Rasanna Lakhpal, a former Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) student who lived in the lower flat of the two-storey building with her boyfriend while her mother who owns the property lived in the upper flat.
The teenager’s lifeless body was discovered lying on the floor about 13:30h. According to reports, the now dead teen and her boyfriend were heard arguing on Thursday and her mother demanded that he leave the home as a result. Guyana Times understands that the 22-year-old suspect and the teen were arguing over his lack of interest in finding a job.
On Saturday, the teen’s mother left for work at a hotel in New Amsterdam and the suspect forced his way into the yard.
Nadira Persaud, a neighbour, discovered the body lying on the floor. According to her, she was informed that the couple were fighting and she went to investigate. Persaud explained that the teen had been tasked with babysitting her two children, ages two and 10.
The 10-year-old told this publication that she had gone to the house from a Vocational Bible School (VBS).
“Ryan went upstairs and he and ‘Rosie’ [Rasanna] and the two of them were fighting and then he turn to me and say we should go out the yard before we get hit. So I just pick up the baby (two-year-old) and go and call mommy at her workplace and told her,” the youngster related.
Persaud said when she arrived, there was no movement in the premises. She first looked downstairs and saw no one and as such, she went to the upper flat of the house.
She said that before she went upstairs, she saw a taxi driver who was acquainted with the family and the two of them went upstairs.
“So he look in the house and he tell me ‘look’ she there’, so I see she foot; it cover with a sheet an’ I pull the sheet an she ain’t move, so I pull the sheet off she face…”
In describing what she saw, the domestic worker said the girl’s face was partly covered with a pillow as she lay on a carpet on the floor with her neck slashed in the vicinity of a tattoo.
After an alarm was raised, several villagers rushed into the house.
When Police arrived on the scene, they cordoned off the area. Moments later, the dead girl’s mother arrived. She was taken into custody after Police interviewed her.
Meanwhile, the suspect is on the run. Shortly after the discovery was made, his Facebook page was deactivated.
The young couple had been together for close to one year. The Police investigation continues. (Andrew Carmichael)