By Michael Jordan
and Mondale Smith
Post mortem shows woman was stabbed ten times
The decomposing bodies of 58-year-old Cuban
physiotherapist, Guillermo Valintin Martinez
Stable, and a 47-year-old woman identified as
Usawatie Persaud, were found in a bottom flat
apartment at Lot 136 Eping Avenue, Bel Air,
shortly after 14:00 hrs yesterday.
Police said that the naked and mutilated corpse of
the woman, Usawatie Persaud, of Main Street, New
Amsterdam, was found on a blood-soaked mattress in
the hallway of an apartment that Martinez had
hearse prepares to take the bodies away.
Police said that Persaud’s body bore five
stab wounds to the throat, chest and stomach.
Detectives made the identification after finding
Persaud’s passport and other documents at the
The body of Martinez, which bore no marks of
violence, was found on a bed, clad in a pair of
Police are working on the theory that the Cuban
murdered Persaud before taking his own life.
Detectives retrieved two kitchen
one with bloodstains, a large cup containing a
liquid, and other items, from Martinez’s
From the state of the remains, investigators
suspect that Umattie Persaud was slain several
hours before the Cuban took his own life.
Persaud’s son told Kaieteur News last night that
he last saw his mother around noon on Wednesday.
According to the 27-year-old son, his mother
informed him that she was going to Georgetown to
the High Court. After she failed to return, he
travelled to Georgetown and reported her missing
to the Brickdam Police Station.
He said that he has since informed his sisters who
reside overseas. These siblings are travelling to
The son, who said that his name was Steve,
confirmed that his mother knew a Cuban
‘doctor’, whom she would occasionally visit.
Persons who knew Martinez said that the Cuban
national has been living in Guyana for some six
years. He had occupied the Bel Air apartment for
about four years.
The shocking discovery was made shortly after
14:00 hrs yesterday after persons who came to see
the physiotherapist over the past few days got no
response after calling repeatedly at his
“People been coming over the past four days
calling for ‘doctor’ to get their
physiotherapy done, but they were not getting any
answers from the door,” one woman said.
A woman who worked in the area said that she last
saw Martinez on Monday.
“After Monday I ain’t see he then early this
morning a woman came with a child to do
physiotherapy but she ain’t get no response so
she left after gaffing with me,” the guard said.
Eventually, the elderly woman who owns the
building summoned the police, who entered the
apartment and found the decomposing remains.
The bodies were eventually taken to the Lyken
Funeral parlour at around 18:00 hrs.
A Cuban colleague of Martinez expressed shock
after visiting the area and learning of the
He stated that Martinez had been working in Guyana
as a physiotherapist for more than six years.
The distraught man described Martinez as a
The friend, who recently returned from Cuba, said
that Martinez would sometimes give him money to
send to Cuba for the physiotherapist’s daughter.
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