Ninawattie: Autopsy reveals how Berbice woman was brutally raped, killed


Ninawattie Nandlall called “Sharda”, the Berbice woman who was brutally raped and killed, died from asphyxiation, a wound to her neck, and a fracture to her cervical spine.

Police headquarters reported the findings of the autopsy, which was conducted on Saturday.

Nandlall’s body has since been handed over to her relatives for burial.

The incident occurred sometime between 12:30hrs on April 11 and 07:40hrs on April 12 at No. 0 (54) Village backdam, Corentyne, Berbice.

News Room reported that the woman left home around noon on Thursday in search of mangoes to make achar to sell.

She, however, was never seen again, and her son, along with other relatives formed a search party to look for her. Her naked body with injuries to her face and neck were discovered in the backdam where she would normally go to get the mangoes.

Two suspects, an 18-year-old and a 25-year-old were arrested in relation to the murder.

The News Room was informed that they have since confessed to raping and murdering the woman.

The suspects told Police that they would normally venture to the backlands area where they would set traps to catch wild animals and also engage in (smoking) marijuana.

There, they met the woman who had also gone to the location in search of mangoes to make achar to resell.

The suspects said they talked with the woman and during the conversation asked her to engage in sexual intercourse. After she refused, they forced themselves unto her and committed the act of rape. She threatened to inform the Police and that’s when they decided to kill her out of fear that they would be identified and arrested.

One of the men used a knife to commit the act.

Gunraj Veersammy, 27, a relative who was a part of the search team who found the body, said that they were searching with her son for hours. He said when they found her naked body, her clothes were nearby, leading them to believe that she was raped before she was killed.

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