Sumintra Shaw Narayan, 75, died on Phagwah Day,
hours after she was admitted to hospital with a
heart condition. She was buried at the cemetery at
Reliance, East Canje, Berbice near to the Reliance
Her relatives buried her with two US dollars in
The desecrated tomb
Yesterday, police sources reported that the
woman’s son, Badranauth Narayan, 44, an employee
at the Rose Hall Estate, received a call that
someone had broken into his mother’s tomb.
Who ever entered the tomb removed the entire top,
took out the casket and then removed the body.
From all reports, the person or persons then
committed necrophilia (sexual act with the dead
When persons arrived at the tomb, the corpse was
naked, the legs sprawled and there was what looked
like semen in the corpse’s vaginal area. Who
ever committed the act also burnt the casket and
the woman’s clothing.
Acting on a report that an allegedly mentally ill
22-year-old man had made a purchase at a shop
close by with two US dollars, the same night
relatives made a citizen’s arrest and delivered
the man to the police station. However, that
was not before he was dealt a sound trashing by
the dead woman’s relatives.
That man lives at Adelphi village, East Canje,
According to the police, they saw evidence of the
partly burnt US dollar at the burial site while
the badly beaten man is claiming too that he got
his US from his mother who is overseas.
Eyewitnesses also report that they had seen the
man in the vicinity Friday evening. The man is in
custody pending investigations.
The dead woman’s relatives have since purchased
another casket and have reburied the body in the
same tomb. Yesterday, the relatives were mostly
tight lipped on the issue. However, they confirmed
that they have re-interred the body.
Investigations are continuing and according to
police sources, chances are the man had nothing to
do with the body being removed and violated.
If that is proven to be the case the dead
woman’s relatives might be charged.
Sunday, March 07, 2010