‘Ganja’ boat collision: Two more bodies recovered

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The bodies of Freeman Denheart, 55, a farmer of Sandhill Berbice River and 40-year- old Kidman Lindie were recovered late Wednesday afternoon following a boat collision in the Berbice River on Tuesday evening.

Earlier in the day, the bodies of 24-year-old Romario Denheart – the son of Freeman – and 40-year-old Julian Mckenzie of Sandhill, Berbice River were recovered and positively identified by relatives.

The bodies of Romario Denheart (left) and Julian McKenzie (right) were earlier recovered

The remains were brought to the New Amsterdam Stelling and then taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where they were officially pronounced dead.

Paula Solomon, the mother of the Romario Denheart, said her son had a promising future. Amid tears, she said he left with his father on Monday to go in the Berbice River to visit relatives.

Police said a boat transporting ganja crashed into the four men in the Berbice River at about 18:45h in the vicinity of Friendship Village.

The second vessel with the marijuana was captained by 39-year-old Marvin Kissoon of Sheet Anchor Village, East Canjie Berbice. He was travelling with four occupants.

Kissoon told investigators that as they were travelling along the river, he noticed the boat coming towards him and turned eastward to get out of its path, however, he alleged that the other boat pulled in the same direction resulting in a collision and the boats capsized.

Kissoon said after realizing that the occupants of the other boat did not surface, he and his companions re-entered their boat and fled the scene.

As a result, he was taken into police custody.

His companions – a 20-year-old labourer of Maria Henrietta Village, Berbice River, a 51-year-old labourer of Adelphi Village, Corentyne Berbice and a 23 year -old labourer of No 2 Village, Canje, Berbice – were also arrested at Edinburgh Village, East Bank Berbice.

They were found in possession of thirty- two taped parcels of suspected cannabis which when weighed amounted to 36.97 kilograms.

The fifth occupant who resides at Palmyra Village, Corentyne, Berbice is being sought.

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