who came about 30 minutes later.
wife critically wounded
reporters likely to be charged with `contaminating’
wall divider fall down and they
started screaming, and I ran under the
bed’ – Aruna
TEENAGER hid under a bed as bandits
launched a deadly attack
on her parents at their Non Pariel,
East Coast Demerara home early
said that after the attackers left,
she crawled from under the bed to find
her father and mother critically
TO DEATH: Davechand
father, 45-year-old Davechand Appanna,
was stabbed several times about the
body and died in the house, and her
mother Hemrajie, 42, was left
unconscious from a fractured skull and
mother was still critical in hospital
up to late yesterday.
said she awoke at about 02:00 hrs to
her parents’ screams and immediately
hid under the bed.
heard my parents hollering for `Thief!
Thief!’ and then the wall divider
fall down and they started screaming,
and I ran under the bed", she
said, still in a state of shock after
the horrifying attack.
THE SCREAMS: Aruna
Appanna, 14, who hid under a
bed during the attack.
said that from her hiding place, she
saw only the men's feet as they moved
through the house, using indecent
language and demanding cash and
of them came in cursing up and asking
for the jewellery, but my mother told
them that we did not have any, since
the bandits had taken all when we got
robbed before", she related.
was the fifth time that the family had
been robbed since 2001, but the first
anyone was killed.
teenager said the bandits then took
her parents downstairs, where the men
ransacked the house looking for money
said that from her hiding place she
heard only screams.
said she last heard her mother
pleading with the men to take the
money and leave before she let out one
final scream and was silent.
was later found unconscious, slumped
on the kitchen floor, bleeding from a
fractured skull which she sustained
after the men threw a glass table at
bandits dragged Davechand into the
family shop clad only in his underwear
and he was stabbed 14 times, seven in
his back, two to his face and five to
his sides, relatives said.
was stabbed with a knife found in the
shop after the gun that the bandits
were carrying apparently
said a knife was left in his back and
he died in the grocery.
said they recovered three live bullets
at the scene.
said the ordeal lasted some 10-15
men then jumped over the fence and
fled the area on foot.
said that after the men left, she
ventured downstairs and telephoned the
police, who came about 30 minutes
mother was rushed to the Georgetown
Public Hospital Corporation by
relatives and immediately underwent
said the family had been planning to
move shortly to neighbouring
Enterprise where they were building a
TARGET: the couple's
home that was put for sale.
`for sale’ sign had been put up on
the owner of two Route 44 mini buses,
BGG 6232 and BGG 9702, had one other
child, 22-year-old Khemraj.
Chief Henry Greene visited the scene
said two bandits broke into the two-storey
house at Lot 280 Section 'B' Non
Pariel at around 02:00 hrs and the
noise woke up Davechand.
confronted two men, one armed with a
knife and the other with a gun, as he
left his bedroom, police said.
of the attackers grabbed Davechand
while the other pulled his wife from
the bedroom, police reported.
said that during this time there was a
scuffle between the father and the
bandits and the mother was chopped on
the head and her left wrist was partly
to the police, the intruders took
Davechand downstairs where he
apparently attempted to fight them off
and was stabbed several times.
two bandits escaped with $100,000 in
cash, police said.
said three other armed bandits were
seen on the road but no shots were
fired during the attack.
said they found two bloodstained
broken knife and a
pair of scissors at the
scene. Relatives said these belonged
to the family.
said that while the Police Crime
Scenes Unit was at work, two reporters
allegedly breached the police barrier
and “entered the home contaminating
the scene with their footprints which
has hindered the unit from properly
completing its gathering of
breach is under investigation and
charges may result shortly”, police
said in a press release.
August 18, 2003