Five persons were remanded on Wednesday for the murder of a Corentyne domestic worker, Lilawatie Muhammed last week.
The five suspects: Oliver Permaul, 36, of Lot 100 Tain; his wife, Nazeema Permaul, 42, a businesswoman of the same address; Andre James, also called “Andy”, 26, a tattoo artist of Lot 46 A George Street, Rose Hall Town; Rohan Johnson, also called “Jamakie”, 38, a carpenter of Clardon Jamaica and Lot 107 Second Street, Rose Hall Town and his reputed wife Shabikie Alber, also called “Shabikie Thompson”, appeared at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court. They were jointly charged for the February 7, killing of Muhammed, 45, at her Lot 198 Sixth Street, Tain Settlement, Corentyne home and were not required to plead to theindictable charge.
The matter has been transferred to the Whim Magistrate’s Court for May 4.
Muhammed was shot dead last Tuesday night by two men who broke into her home at Tain.
It had been reported earlier that a tattoo artist and a Jamaican had confessed to being the hitmen. It was also reported that both gave confession statements to thePolice, stating that it was the Jamaican who pulled the trigger, killing the woman.
The now dead woman was rumoured to have been involved in a relationship witha wealthy businessman, who operated a lumberyard on the East Bank of Berbiceand lived at Tain, in close proximity to where she lived.
The tattoo artist and the Jamaican living in Rose Hall Town, reportedly told Police that they were allegedly hired by a barber, who was said to have been in a secret relationship with the businessman’s wife, to make the hit.
When the woman was executed, the businessman’s wife was reportedly out of the country; she has since returned and Police are trying to ascertain her whereabouts. She reportedly contacted the Police through a lawyer claiming that her life was threatened and she was going to turn herself in. It is alleged that after his initial release from custody, the barber had made threats to the woman.