Taxi driver charged for bludgeoning businesswoman to death with padlock
A taxi driver and a wellknown salesman of 47 Prashad Nagar, Georgetown who reportedly beat 61-yearold businesswoman Sattie Beekharry to death with a large padlock, on Friday was charged and remanded to prison. Thirtyfiveyearold Rafeek Khan appeared at the Vigilance Magistrate court, and connected via Skype to Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer, where he was not required to plea to the indictable charge. It is alleged, that on June 1, 2020, Khan repeatedly struck Beekharry with a large padlock at her home located at lot 152 Begonia Avenue, Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara. A previous report revealed that Khan had reportedly confessed to the gruesome killing of the popular businesswoman. Investigators told this publication that Khan went to the woman’s house to collect a sum of money owed to him when an argument ensued between Beekharry and Khan. The enraged Khan took a large padlock and dealt Beekharry lashes to the head and body causing her to collapse on her living room floor. Neighbours who heard the woman’s scream summoned the police. When ranks arrived, they had to force their way into the heavily grilled and locked building. Mrs. Beekharry was found lying face down in a pool of blood while Khan was caught hiding in the ceiling. An autopsy later revealed that Beekharry sustained fractured ribs and a blunt force trauma to the brain.
Khan is scheduled to make his next court appearance on July 20 at the Sparendaam Magistrate Court.