PME confirms hairdresser was strangled; Soldier denies committing the act

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A post-mortem examination carried out on the body of 29-year-old Donalesa Park, a hairdresser of No.2 Village, East Canje Berbice, confirmed that she died as a result of strangulation.

Regional Commander Boodnarine Persaud told the News Room that the autopsy was done at the Ramoo’s Funeral Home on Friday.

Meanwhile, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum further told the News Room that the suspect, a 33-year-old Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldier from Courtland Village, Corentyne, Berbice has denied committing the act.

The suspect remains in custody at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters in Georgetown.

The News Room understands that the investigation is now being conducted by ranks from the Major Crimes Unit.

Donalesa Park’s body was found stuffed inside a garbage bag (Photo: News Room/June 30, 2022)

The body of the mother of one was found early Thursday morning stuffed inside a garbage bag and dumped along the Courtland Public Road opposite the soldier’s house.

Park, who has been a hairdresser for some 15 years, left home Wednesday morning to braid a client’s hair at Islington, East Bank Berbice but when she showed up at the location, the client was not there.

She reportedly left and headed to the home of the soldier at Courtland Village and was never seen or heard from since.

Sometime around 08:00 hrs Thursday, her body was found sealed off inside the garbage bag on the parapet (near an empty lot) along the Courtland Public Road by a relative who was looking for her.

A pair of slippers belonging to the woman was found nearby along with her bag which she left home with.

The soldier had left for work at Camp Ayangana in Georgetown early Thursday morning and reportedly told his sister that he would be gone for the entire week and asked her to clean his room.

Relatives told the News Room that the soldier has been doing business with Park for quite some time.

Park was the mother of a 5-year-old boy.

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