Burnt body at Parika: Woman died from blunt trauma to head, suspect arrested


A post-mortem examination (PME) conducted on the remains of 29-year-old Shannen Obermullah-Mohamed, found that she died from “severe blunt trauma to the head,” Police Headquarters reported on Wednesday.

The PME was done by government pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh at about 11:00 hrs on Wednesday.

Mohamed’s charred remains were found on Tuesday night in front of the concrete house she was constructing at Parika, East Bank Essequibo.

Dr Singh also opined that Mohamed was dead before her body was set on fire; body samples were taken for DNA testing.

Meanwhile, the main suspect in the woman’s murder ‘Rodwell’ has been arrested, Police Commander Khali Pareshram indicated.

Police Headquarters reported that Mohamed’s burnt skull and torso were found among debris at the front of an incomplete, flat concrete structure.

The cops were alerted at about 22:10 hrs on Tuesday by an anonymous caller and upon arrival, the ranks found a sledgehammer and crowbar near the burnt remains.

Police received information from a neighbour that at around 10:00 hrs, she observed ‘Rodwell’ burning wood and other materials in the yard, but she paid him no mind.

The News Room earlier reported that the suspect is known to Mohamed and her family and even though he suffers from a form of mental illness, Mohamed hired him to construct her house since he is skilled in that area.

She was last seen in his presence at around 09:00 hrs on Tuesday.

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