Police to question son about father’s murder; family in disbelief

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The Police are making arrangements to interrogate the son of Saeed ‘Saho’ Hamid, the 56-year-old businessman, whose charred remains were found buried behind a temple in D’ Edward Village, West Coast Berbice. June 20.

The son, Asif Hamid, 24, is currently on remand for the murder of an elderly Cattle/Rice Farmer of Number 56 Village Berbice whose remains were found buried in the backyard of Asif’s property in July 2015.

News Room understands the older Hamid was killed in a bid to prevent him from testifying against his son in the High Court trial.

The son, Asif Hamid [Photo taken from Kaieteur News]
On April 19, 2018, the businessman of Lot 41 Queenstown Corriverton, left for a business trip to Rosignol but was not heard from since and a missing person report was filed.

Police had detained several persons and released them, however, based on new information, the police re-arrested two suspects on Wednesday last who later admitted to bludgeoning the man to death and burnt his body to get rid of the evidence.

They took investigators to a Temple in Rosignol where the buried remains were discovered. It was subsequently sent for DNA analysis to confirm whether the remains are indeed that of the businessman.

Those in custody have been identified as Antonio Balrup and Satrohan Madray who, on separate occasions, were both accused of murder but were subsequently freed.

The Murder Plot

According to a source close to the investigation, Madray is said to have orchestrated the murder of Hamid while he was in prison and shares a close relationship with the son who is on remand.

It is unclear whether the younger Hamid knew of his friend’s plan to get rid of his father.

Commander of ‘B’ Division, Lyndon Alves told News Room that there are protocols that need to be followed as it relates to questioning a prisoner.

A Family Mourns

Another son of the older Hamid, who did not want his name published, told News Room that the family is trying to come to grips with the reality of the situation. They had hoped the businessman was still alive.

“It’s devastating. I am trying to remain mentally and emotionally stable,” the man said.

When asked about his brother’s possible involvement in their father’s murder, he said: “I am hoping that he isn’t.”

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