Businesswoman, barber, three others remanded for murder of Tain domestic worker


Five persons including two females were refused bail for the murder of a Tain domestic worker who was killed execution style on Tuesday (February 07, 2017) at her home in the presence of two of her children.

Oliver Permaul and Nazima Permaul

Among those remanded were a barber, 44-year-old Oliver Permaul and his wife, 42-year-old Nazima Permaul of Tain Settlement Corentyne. The couple has two children while Nazima has two other children from a previous relationship.

The other suspects are  29-year-old Andre James of Rose Hall Town, 38-year-old Rohan Johnson also of Rose Hall Town and 28-year-old Shebike Alert of Rose Hall Town, Corentyne.

It is alleged that the barber was hired by a businesswoman with whom he allegedly shared a relationship, to murder Mohamed who she claimed is having an affair with her husband, a prominent businessman from Tain, Corentyne. Failing to execute the crime alone, Permaul then hired Johnson and Alert to aid in the scheme. However, the mastermind behind the murder is still at large.

They were not required to plea to the charge which was read to them by Magistrates Charlyn Artiga at the #51 Magistrates Court today (Wednesday, February 15, 2017).

The five accused have been remanded to prison until May 04, 2017.

The Court heard that the five on Tuesday, February 07, 2017, murdered 45-year-old Leelawattie Mohamed.

Killed, Lilawattie Mohamed

According to information reaching the News Room, at about 11:45 hours on February 07,  two men armed with a gun jumped Mohamed’s fence and made their way up the stairs to her home where they started banging on the door to the home. The occupants then began bracing the door from the inside.

However, the bandits managed to overpower them and entered the building demanding cash. One of the men placed a gun beneath the woman’s neck and told her son who was there to lay facedown on the floor. News Room was told that after Mohamed said she had no money, the bandit pulled the trigger killing the woman instantly.

The men then escaped, firing a shot in the air and the police were called in moments later. The woman was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

However, days after the crime, the police in Berbice began looking at other leads since nothing was taken from the house during the apparent robbery. They then got a confession from two of the men who implicated the businesswoman and others claiming that they were hired to kill the domestic worker.

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