Pork knocker charged with murder of Lethem cook
Keron Hope, 25, a pork knocker of Buxton, East Coast Demerara, was charged with the murder of Miriam Edwards and remanded to prison on Tuesday.
Hope made his appearance before Magistrate Crystal Lambert at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court where he was not required to plea to the charge and was remanded until June 30, 2022.
Edwards, 26, a cook of Lethem, Region Nine was killed sometime between June 8 and 9 at the Kumung Kumung Backdam, Puruni River, Region Eight.
An autopsy revealed that she died as a result of manual strangulation compounded by blunt trauma to the head.
Hope reportedly admitted to investigators that he choked the woman to death and dumped her body overboard because she refused to have a relationship with him.
Edward’s nude body was recovered after Hope took police to where he had dumped the body; it was a short distance from the mining camp where the woman was employed.
Her employer discovered her missing and her living quarters ransacked on the evening of June 8.
After asking around, they learned that the Hope was at the camp during the day. As a result, the woman’s employer, with the help of other public-spirited persons, apprehended the suspect and reported the matter to the police.
During further questioning, Hope told the police that he murdered the woman because she refused to have a relationship with him.