There is a saying that “there are always two sides to a story” and this might be the case in connection with the brutal murder of a Sheet Anchor East Canje woman 40-year-old Mintie Karamchand by her reputed husband, 47-year-old Goldburn December at their home on June 21, 2017.
The man’s teenage son Chris Joshua December told the News Room that while he knows what his father did to his mother was wrong; his father “did not deserve to die like that”.
He recalled that while he loves his mother, he understood what his father had to deal with. “I didn’t had no bad reaction to that (the murder) because I use to be home and see what my mother use to deh doing to me father and dem thing, and I know to myself that she is my mother you understand and is not that I ain’t love she, I love my mother yeah but my father is like, I can’t do without he now,” the teen expressed.
According to young December, prior to the incident on the day in question, his father was never violent or abusive towards his mother. The teenager related that growing up with his now deceased mother and father, he never witnessed any fighting or any form of abuse between the couple.
“So when I see him I started to cry cause is me and he use to juggle cause we pass through a lot and they use to call him a human robot when he use to be working to take care of us. My father ain’t deserve to dead so.”
Other relatives had revealed that the woman had suffered years of abuse in the hands of her reputed husband and had decided to part ways but it was after learning that the woman had moved on with someone else that Goldburn became annoyed and attacked his reputed wife.
The News Room was told that the couple had been together for over 20 years and they had five children.
However eight years ago the suspect left for Suriname and only returned to Guyana in May after being deported from that country.
On the day in question, at about 9:00, Karamchand, her husband and their 20- year-old daughter Drucilla December was at home when a heated argument ensued between the couple and as a result the man whisked out a cutlass and dealt the woman several chops about her body, almost severing her head, and escaped in the bushy Savannah up the Canje River. He was never seen or heard from since.
However on Sunday last, the police was informed by fishermen that a badly decomposed body was spotted hanging from a tree up Berbice River. The remains were retrieved and he was positively identified to be that of December who police failed to apprehend for almost three weeks. (Royan Abrams)