Residents of the closely knitted community of Yakusari, Black Bush Polder on the Corentyne were left in a state of shock and disbelief on Tuesday following the discovery of an elderly couple who was brutally killed in their home.
The couple has been identified as 67-year-old Subnauth Budraj and his wife, 65-year-old Saraswattie Budraj.
Their bodies were found at separate locations in the lower flat of their home at about 3:00 h. Neighbours told MTV News Update that they heard a loud explosion and, upon investigating, observed the couple’s house on fire and rushed to their rescue.
A bucket brigade was formed by residents who managed to put out the blaze, which was set at two locations in the house.
40-year-old Ravendra Goberdhan said he opened the door after the fire was out and discovered the woman lying face down in the dining area with the murder weapon stuck to the left side of her neck. At the same time, her husband was found in the shop with several chop wounds on his body.
Regional Commander Shivpersaud Bacchus told the media at the scene that two persons had been taken into custody to assist with the investigation.
He noted that detectives are currently working with several leads, and there should be a breakthrough in the case soon.
Reports are that the suspect escaped with an undisclosed sum of valuables and attempted to defraud law enforcement officials from solving the crime by setting the house on fire.
Meanwhile, a trail of blood was also discovered in the Yakusari market, located a house lot away from where the crime occurred.
Crime scene investigators are still on the scene conducting investigations. The couple has left to mourn three daughters.