Three persons are currently in police custody assisting with the investigation into the murders of Joel Henry, 18, and Isaiah Henry, 16, of Lots 26 and 32 Number 3 Village, West Coast Berbice, respectively.

The bodies of the young men were discovered in a Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice Backdam around 9am yesterday. According to sources, the bodies of the teens were mutilated.

Their deaths have since sparked protests in West Coast Berbice, forcing the police to deploy ranks in a bid to quell the demonstrations there.

Isaiah Henry was discovered lying on his back. The body was clad in gray short pants, light green long sleeve jersey, and barefooted. A wound was seen on his throat, two to his left side head, one on his forehead, and another to the left side chin.

Joel Henry’s body was found with the upper half in a hole. The body was clad in a black long pants, green long sleeve jersey with white fine strip and barefooted. The body bore a mark around his throat and bruises on the fingers of his right hand.

Further examination of a nearby coconut farm showed what appeared to be bloodstains on the ground. Also, a coconut peeler and some peeled coconuts were seen at the said location.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Nigel Hoppie, that estate owner, his son, and handyman are currently in police custody “assisting with the investigation”.
He said that the Guyana Police Force will do all in its power to bring the perpetrators of “this heinous crime” to justice.

Home Affairs Minister, Robeson Benn is expected to meet the Henry family soon. He is calling on protesters to desist from blocking the thoroughfares and allow the force to conduct its investigation.


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