Chef to be charged with mur­der­ing Lin­den shop owner

Stabroek News Sunday - - CLASIFFIEDS -

Po­lice have ar­rested a 35-year-old chef for the mur­der of Lin­den shop owner Romel Edi­son Gomes and he is likely to be charged this week.

Act­ing po­lice spokesman Shivper­saud Bac­chus con­firmed the ar­rest of John Cae­sar, a res­i­dent of East Ruimveldt Hous­ing Scheme.

Cae­sar, who was be­ing sought in re­la­tion to the crime, was ar­rested last Wed­nes­day dur­ing an in­tel­li­gence-led op­er­a­tion, Bac­chus said in a state­ment.

He is be­ing pro­cessed for court, while a se­cond sus­pect is still be­ing pur­sued by the po­lice.

Gomes, called “Ed­die,” a fa­ther of one of Lot 53 Wis­mar Hous­ing Scheme, Lin­den, was found in his shop in a pool of blood with his hands bound and a ker­chief tied around his mouth on March 12th.

The mur­der is sus­pected to have oc­curred around 5.30 pm, af­ter which the sus­pects fled the scene in Gomes’ car, PVV 2057, which had been parked in front of his premises. The car was re­cov­ered in­tact about 9 am the fol­low­ing day at One Mile Wis­mar, said to be a sev­en­minute drive from the scene.

While the mo­tive for the mur­der re­mains un­clear, the ac­counts of mul­ti­ple per­sons who were in the vicin­ity sug­gest that Gomes was ap­proached in his shop by two men. An ar­gu­ment en­sued, dur­ing which he was shot.

Res­i­dents re­ported hear­ing a loud ex­plo­sion com­ing from the scene and upon check­ing they dis­cov­ered Gomes’ life­less body in a pool of blood.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed that Gomes died as a re­sult of gun­shot in­jury to the head.

Gomes’ brother-in-law, Jerome Al­lic­ock, had re­lated to this news­pa­per that based on what he learnt, the mur­der oc­curred shortly af­ter Gomes’ three-yearold was picked up by his babysit­ter.

“He [the child] don’t nor­mally be in the yard play­ing, so when she [the babysit­ter] pass and see him, she went and hold him and call Romel,” Al­lic­ock had re­lated. “She [the babysit­ter] told him to take Manny [the child] inside but I hear Romel tell them [the ban­dits] ‘Wait, leh this girl col­lect meh son,’” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Al­lic­ock, the woman had just walked away from the scene when she heard the sound of a gun­shot.

Gomes op­er­ated a gro­cery shop in front of his house.

Romel Edi­son Gomes

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