Last Updated on Sunday, 21 August 2016, 22:25 by Denis Chabrol
A bandit was shot dead early Sunday morning allegedly by one of his four other accomplices as they fled the East Bank Berbice home of a businessman after beating his daughters and carting off cash and jewellery.
Dead is Odan “Stew” / “Sunil” Lallbeharry of New Forest, East Canje, Berbice. Investigators said he was well-known to police. Investigators said that before he passed away, he “gave some information to the police which is being diligently followed up.”
The incident occurred at Lot 3, Edinburg Village where businessman 45-year old Danakumar “Ball Head” Datt, his wife 48-year old Parbattie Jainabi , and his daughters 21-year old Kelly Datt and 19-year old Alicia Ramnarine reside.
After beating Datt and Ramnarine and robbing the household of GYD$100,000, a gold bangle, a quantity of phone cards and other valuables the bandits were fleeing the scene when Lallbeharry was shot. Investigators in Berbice believed that when the bandits opened fire, one of them shot Lalbeharry.
“He was found on the businessman’s bridge, clad in dark clothing and a pair of construction gloves,” police later said in a statement. Lalbeharry succumbed before arriving at the New Amsterdam Hospital.
Police said initial investigations revealed that the businessman/ proprietor was at home with his family resting when about 01:30h., this morning, he was aroused by strange sounds coming from a shed adjoining the house. “He proceeded to make checks and was confronted by five masked men, one armed with a long gun.”
Lalbeharry said all the bandits were clad in black, one was carrying a long gun and another a cutlass. They demanded of his daughters that they see Ball Head, but he had already escaped and raised an alarm in the area.
However, residents were fearful of going out because of repeated gunshots.
When police arrived, the bandits had already escaped over a trench and hid in nearby bushes. Police said a man, who was seen in the thickly vegetated area, was arrested.