Burnt body at Parika: Construction worker charged, remanded for murder

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Randolph Reece, the construction worker who is accused of killing and burning the body of 29-year-old Shannen Obermullah-Mohamed at Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) was on Monday charged with murder and remanded to prison.

It is alleged that on September 5 at Parika, EBE, Reece murdered Mohamed.

Forty-five-year-old Reece appeared before Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court, West Coast Demerara.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charge and was remanded to prison.

The case was adjourned to November 13 for report.

Reece was arrested by the Police on  September 6, one day after the charred remains of Mohamed was found in front of a concrete house she was constructing at Parika, EBE.

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 September 5 by an anonymous caller and upon arrival, the ranks found a sledgehammer and crowbar near the burnt remains.

Mohamed was last seen in Reece’s presence at around 09:00 hrs on September 5.

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

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

An autopsy subsequently revealed that Mohamed died from severe blunt trauma to the head.

The pathologist also opined that Mohamed was dead before her body was set on fire. Samples were taken from her body for DNA testing.

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