Bodies of murdered Berbice couple burnt; two in custody


The bodies of the Berbice couple found dead on Tuesday morning were also burnt, investigators have discovered.

It appears the couple were chopped and stabbed to death. Two people are in custody.

The community of Yakusari, Black Bush Polder woke up to the shocking news when they saw smoke and fire coming from the house.

Dead are 60-year-old Sarasuati Devi Budraj called “Sita” and 68-year-old Subnauth Budraj called “Bull Boy”.

Regional Commander Shivpersaud Bacchus told reporters at the scene of the crime that the Police received a report around 04:00-04:30 Tuesday morning of an alleged fire.

Neighbours said they heard a loud explosion and subsequently saw fire coming from the bottom flat of the two storey concrete house and business place of the couple. The fire service was contacted and arrived sometime after.

According to Bacchus, the gate to enter the yard had to be removed for entry into the bottom flat where the couple dwelled. He said the residents entered and “upon pushing the door, one of the victim’s was lying face down and they didn’t enter further.” The area was subsequently secured when Police arrived.

He said when the Police entered the property they indeed saw the body of a male lying face-down with injuries and a further entry into the bottom they the woman also lying face-down with “an object in the left side of her neck” in the dining area.

The Commander disclosed that the body of the man had multiple injuries. The left arm of the woman was also burnt.

“The building was set on fire with the perception to derail us from what we are looking at.

He added that based on investigations, the Police are working on a lead.

News Room was also informed that the building was ransacked and blood stains were found in the market area close to the Budraj’s.

The couple had three children, all of whom are residing overseas. The Budraj’s were described as quiet people within the area.

Police investigations are continuing.

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