Int’l jurists, investigators to probe murder of Berbice boys, Reg. 5 unrest


Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall has announced that international jurists and investigators will be hired to work on the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the brutal murders of 16-year-old Isaiah Henry, his cousin 18-year-old Joel Henry and 17-year-old Haresh Singh.

The three boys resided at Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB); the mutilated bodies of the teen cousins were found on September 6 with several chop wounds in Cotton Tree WCB.

Their gruesome murders sparked protests across the country which subsequently turned violent in Region Five and resulted in persons being robbed, beaten and their vehicles damaged.

Three days after the Henry boys were killed, Singh was discovered in a bloodied state in a rice field on the way to his farm on September 9. He died while on the way to the New Amsterdam Hospital.

He was found unconscious by his 12-year-old brother while his motorcycle was found torched.

President Irfaan Ali had promised a high level CoI to investigate the murders of the boys.

“His Excellency has already pledged to the people of this country that a Commission of Inquiry of high quality will be established to investigate the horrendous tragedy that occurred at Region Five over the past three weeks and Mr Speaker once instructed, the Legal Affairs Ministry will spearhead that initiative and is being assured here that international jurists will be recruited and the highest quality of investigators are going to come to work along with the Commission so that we can get to the bottom of what happened to those unfortunate souls in West Coast Berbice,” Nandlall told the National Assembly on Friday during the 2020 budget debate.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall during his debate of Budget 2020 [Photo: DPI/September 18, 2020]
With 75 ranks from the Joint Services and a pathologist, the Guyana Police Force combed the backlands of Number Two and Three Villages on Thursday with the hope of finding the area where the teen cousins were killed.

The ranks came up empty-handed even with aerial support via a helicopter from the Guyana Defence Force.

The search was done after investigators determined that the two teenagers were murdered somewhere else and then dumped in the backlands of Cotton Tree, and with no solid case against the suspects, all of them were released and placed on station bail.

A Post Mortem Examination (PME) found that they both died from haemorrhage and shock due to multiple incised injuries including severed spines.

The killers carved out a huge ‘X’ on Isaiah’s head while they cut open Joel’s chest. They had left their Number 3 Village home to go into the backdam to pick coconuts on September 5 and that was the last time they were seen alive.

A post mortem examination found that Singh died from brain haemorrhage and blunt trauma to the head, compounded by compression injuries to the neck.


  1. Matthew says

    Whoever the killers were…it is clear by the frame job that they wanted a message sent and it appears that message was aimed at starting a race war. It was only thru the patience of the police and the Community that a race war was averted. No thanks to certain political operatives that tried to fan the fires of race hatred.

    I hope that the police get to the bottom of this brutal sequence of murders and frame up. Can the Government not put up a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. 1-2 years in jail for false accusations.

  2. Xhrp2wkb1 says

    Great! Bring them in. We need to get to the bottom of all of this.

  3. Muhammad Rahaman says

    A guyanese lady told me today that the Henry boys were killed by drug dealers who suspected the boys squealed on them.The Singh boy who apparently was a good friend of the Henrys was killed for being an accomplice. The joint services is urged to rule out this.No guyanese chops like this including inflicting an X on the boy’s head.

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