Bacchus family vault broken
corpse stolen, Shafeek’s
In a bizarre incident that is believed to
have occurred sometime between Tuesday night and
Wednesday morning, the burial-chamber bearing
the remains of Shafeek Bacchus, and which had
once held those of his brother George Bacchus
was broken into.
The nearly seven feet high structure, which
is situated in the northern section of Le
Repentir Cemetery, was busted open and Shafeek
Bacchus’s casket tossed out and ransacked.
Yesterday, his corpse lay in the deteriorating
open casket much to the displeasure of
George Bacchus, a self-professed death-squad
whistle blower who was gunned down in his bed a
few months after his brother was executed
outside their Princes Street home, had also been
laid to rest in the vault but his corpse was
stolen last month.
Jean Bacchus, wife of Shafeek Bacchus, told
Stabroek News yesterday that it was only last
month that unknown persons broke into the family
tomb and carted off George Bacchus’s corpse as
well as the casket he had been buried in.
“This thing happening too steady now,”
Jean said, while standing over her husband’s
ransacked casket. “First was George now is me
husband. I don’t know why and who but I am not
Jean said the police had been informed of the
previous break-in as well as this subsequent
one. She said the family was disturbed at the
After the break-in last month the family
received no word about who could have possibly
carried out the act. Yesterday Jean said they
were still in the dark. She was particularly
concerned about the frequency of the break-ins.
She said there was nothing anyone could do to
hurt her or the family through evil deeds.
Her focus yesterday was on getting her
husband’s casket back into the tomb and
resealing it. She said the family could now only
wait on word from the police.
Shafeek Bacchus was executed on January 5,
2004 as he sat outside his home. George Bacchus
then disclosed that he was the intended target
of the men who had killed his brother. He later
made bombshell revelations about the Phantom
Squad, which he claimed to have once been an
informant for, implicating then home affairs
minister, Ronald Gajraj. The minister was later
cleared by an inquiry. George Bacchus was
murdered in his bed on June 27, 2004.
The family’s handyman Delon Reynolds is
awaiting trial in the High Court for the murder.