Berbice man accused of hacking man to death remanded


Mark Anthony Henry was on Tuesday remanded to prison for the brutal murder of his 68-year-old neighbour, Sooroojdeo Deochand, known as ‘Sarjie’, who was hacked to death inside of his Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB) house recently.

Henry, 24, was at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and used the Skype facility to appear before a West Coast Berbice Magistrate; he was not required to enter a plea to the charge which alleged that on March 30, 2021, at Number Three Village, he murdered Deochand.

He was represented by attorney-at-law, Nigel Hughes, and was remanded to prison until April 28, 2021.  Henry was taken back into police custody since the investigation is still ongoing.

Dead: Sooroojdeo Deochand

According to reports, on March 30, Deochand’s blood-stained body was found inside his West Coast Berbice (WCB) house by his niece and other relatives. The pensioner was found with chop wounds to his left side face, the back of his head, and his left arm, while three of his fingers were severed on his right hand.

The police were summoned, and Deochand was escorted to the Fort Wellington Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead by a doctor on duty. Henry was later arrested by police and allegedly confessed to the crime as revenge for the death of his brother, Joel Henry, and his cousin Isaiah Henry.

The two teens were killed on September 6, 2020, and their bodies found aback Cotton Tree Village, West Coast Berbice.

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