Body inside barrel: Suspect confesses to brutal murder


After being in custody for just over 24 hours, the prime suspect in the brutal murder of his 24-year-old reputed wife reportedly confessed Monday afternoon.

Suraj Veersammy known as ‘Radesh’, a labourer of Hampshire Village, reportedly told detectives that he committed the gruesome crime after the young woman, who has been identified as Devika ‘ Vanessa’ Vickram, said she wanted to end the relationship.

Initially, he told investigators that he found her hanging but later cracked under pressure and confessed that he committed the act on April 9.

The News Room understands that the young woman was a Venezuelan national born to Guyanese parents whose battered body was found stuffed inside a blue barrel that was found in a trench at R and S Street, Belvedere, East Berbice Corentyne on April 11. There was also a sheet wrapped around her neck.

Police Headquarters said she previously resided at lot 361 Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo.

The house where the couple lived [Photo: News Room]
Veersammy was captured by the Police Sunday morning under the Canje Bridge, in Sheet Anchor, East Canje.

The couple has been together since November 2019 and shared a rocky relationship.

They moved into the neighbourhood about five months ago.

Veersammy’s mother during a recent interview with the News Room painted him as a troubled youth who spent most of his time in prison. As a matter of fact, he was released from prison in November 2019.

The area where the body was found (News Room photo)

Vanessa was last seen alive on April 9 by her neighbours in a long green and white stripe dress.

At around midday the same day, a neighour heard the couple arguing and then there was a sudden quietness.

The discovery of the partially decomposed body was made on April 11 by Harennauth Yodan, 53, a cane harvester who lives at the property opposite of where the body was found.

Anyone who recognises Vanessa in the photo is asked to contact the Police.

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