Another man charged with high seas murder of four Berbice fishermen


Lennox Arleigh Grimmond, a fisherman of Cromarty Farm, Corentyne Berbice, was on Friday charged with the high seas murder of four fishermen.

Grimmond, 38, also called ‘Breeze’, was charged with the murder committed on Lamar Petrie, Kawal Kissoon, Vishnu Seeram, and Marvin Tamessar, which occurred in the Corentyne River Berbice, between October 05-13 October 2019.

He was charged under Section 7 of the Hijacking and Piracy Act.

Grimmond was arrested by Police in Berbice on October 30 and while being interrogated, he admitted to the crime.

The same day two others – Narine Dhanraj, 30 and Suresh Sundat, 22, both fishermen of Belvedere Squatting Area, were also charged and remanded to prison for the murders.

L-R: Marvin Tamessar called ‘Buddy’, Vishnu Seeram called ‘Kevin’, Kawal Kissoon called ‘Ajay’ and Lamar Petrie

Grimmond appeared at the Albion Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Renita Singh; he was not required to plead to the charge and was remanded to prison.

The matter was transferred to the Whim Magistrate’s Court and will be heard again on November 11.

Suresh Sundat (purple shirt) and Narine Dhanraj

As the investigation continues the Police are seeking the whereabouts of O’Brian Fraser called “Shines” of Eversham Village and Anonth Boodrage called “Andy” for questioning into the piracy/murder.

The four fishermen were reported missing on October 11 after the boat they left in was found abandoned at the Wellington Park Foreshore with bloodstains; the engine and a piece of seine were also missing.

The decomposed bodies of Kissoon and Petrie was discovered on the Abary, Region 5 (Mahaica –Berbice) foreshore with their hands and feet tied.

Still unaccounted for are boat Captain Vishnu Seeram and his fellow villager Marvin Tamessar.

The News Room has reported that the men departed the Number 65 Village Wharf hoping for a successful fishing trip to Suriname on October 5 and were scheduled to return in 14 days.

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