bodies of the four persons were discovered yesterday at 102 Grove Public
Road by neighbours who checked a strong stench coming from the
house, property of a well-known business establishment, was being occupied
by Fred Looknauth, 66, who was found dead with a shirt covering his face
in the upper flat of the heavily grilled building, his daughter Elaine
others found dead in the house were Danmattie Kayman, a mini-bus conductor
who would have celebrated her 43rd birthday today, and her two children,
Alicia Kirkpatrick, 7 and Melville Jnr., 3.
woman was found dead in the upstairs bathroom with a sheet covering her.
The children were found in the lower flat of the building.
Relatives of the woman said she did not have a relationship with
Looknauth, but had been looking for a place to stay after she was evicted
from her familyís house at Kaneville, also on the East Bank, and the man
had offered to let her stay there until she had left the country, as she
was planning to do.
Neighbours who ventured into the house after it began to smell foul
did not report seeing marks of violence on the bodies, as they called in
the Police who took over the matter.
said they are investigating the circumstances which led to the death of
the four persons whose partly decomposed bodies were found in the house at
about 10:15 h yesterday.
Ramrattan said she last saw her father Saturday evening, when he went by
her house, 103 Grove Squatting Area, for dinner. She said he used to live
at her place, but since he was offered to ďtake careĒ of the house, he
began living there about a year ago.
she did not find it unusual that he didnít visit her the days following,
since he would come by whenever he felt like. However, an elderly relative
and neighbour who were accustomed to seeing Looknauth asked her when she
last she saw her father. Then is when they decided to check the house,
since a foul smell was coming from it, she said.
two youths from the neighbourhood ventured into the property and
discovered the bodies after which the Police were called
woman who was found dead along with her children was due to visit her
mother on Saturday evening, but didnít do so.
mother, Rita Ramlagan, said she received a call from her daughter Saturday
afternoon informing her that she would be spending the weekend at her East
La Penitence, Georgetown home.
said she prepared the chowmein her daughter asked her to cook, but even
though she failed to show, she did not take it to mean anything untoward
on Sunday morning, the father of her daughterís now dead three-year-old
son visited her East La Penitence home, saying that she had asked him to
pick her up with the bus. But then she informed him that she did not come
to spend the night like she said she would.
said the man left and she received no word. On Sunday, she went to visit
her other daughter in the Diamond housing scheme, and when she was
leaving, at about 18:00 Sunday evening, she decided to check on
she said when she reached the house, she called and called, but no one
answered. She said she heard a baby crying in the house and then a slender
young lady who was going into the yard informed her that Danmattie had
left to go out.
elderly woman said she asked the young woman to inform her daughter that
she was there.
Tuesday, Ramlagan said she returned to visit her daughter but no one
responded to her calls. She said she noticed that there were no curtains
up, and she began to wonder whether her daughter had left for Puerto Rico
without telling her.
said her daughter was pursing a job in Puerto Rico and had shown her the
documents, promising her that she would work hard and send back money so
she would not have to work any more.
sexagenarian, Ramlagan said she looked forward to the break from her work.
But at 11:30 h yesterday she got a call at her workplace that would dash
her hopes. When she reached her other daughterís home in the Diamond
housing scheme, she received the startling news.
the elderly man had offered her daughter a roof since she was evicted from
her home in Kaneville which she used to occupy with her children from her
first marriage. They refused to speak with the Guyana Chronicle
manís daughter said neither she nor his other relatives knew much about
the woman and she had been living there for about six months now. Elaine
Ramrattan said she is his only child here. Her other siblings live
overseas, as does her mother, who separated from her father years
bodies of the dead persons are at a city mortuary awaiting post
The Police have invited anyone with information which could assist in their investigations to contact them on telephone numbers 225-6411, 226-6978, 226-7065, 225-6940, 265-2233 or 911.