Deaths at Marriott: Police still awaiting results sent overseas 


One month after two friends were found dead in a car in the parking lot of the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, results of the stomach contents from both bodies sent overseas for testing are still not back.

The News Room previously reported that preliminary analysis of the ‘whitish hard’ substance found in the back seat of the vehicle confirmed the presence of cyanide but the authorities are still waiting on the results from the samples taken from the stomachs of the young men to verify whether they indeed consumed the poisonous substance.

When asked for an update on the result given the fact that it has been more than three weeks now, Minister of Home Affairs Robeson Benn could not provide a timeline on Wednesday.

“I can’t say immediately when [the results] would be here, it should be soon, I don’t want to be definite,” Minister Benn told the News Room on Wednesday at the sidelines of an event on the East Bank of Demerara.

The motionless bodies of 25-year-old Paishnarine ‘Richie’ Hansraj and 34-year-old Justin Teixeira were found in the wee hours of April 23 inside Teixeira’s car.

Both men were found inside the front seat by an employee of the hotel.

Two days after they were discovered dead, autopsies conducted by government pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh were inconclusive. 

Hansraj who resided at Hague, West Coast Demerara was the only son of his parents and is known for his singing. Teixeira lived at Republic Park, East Bank Demerara.

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