Police are seeking the public’s assistance in apprehending a woman who escaped from the Springlands Police Station shortly after being handed over by Surinamese authorities.

Jankie Tapsie was handed over to the police on Wednesday in connection with the murder of 86-year-old Bibi Ramjit of La Grange, West Bank Demerara.

Police said that her last known address was Devisieweg #7 District Commewijne, Suriname and Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (E.C.D).

Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Jankie Tapsie is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 229-2289, 220-2222, 227-1149, 911, or the nearest police station.

Police said that all information would be treated with the strictest confidence.

Guyana Standard understands that Tapsie and her accomplice, a 33-year-old taxi driver, were handed over by lawmen in Suriname on Wednesday through the backtrack.

The suspects were taken to the Springlands Police Station and were placed on the prisoners’ bench.

Reports are that Tapsie asked to use the washroom and was escorted by a male officer after no female officer was available.

However, some time passed, and the woman didn’t come out, prompting the officer to go into the washroom, where he didn’t find the suspect.

Ramjit,86, a businesswoman of Lot 63 La Grange Old Road, West Bank Demerara, was found dead on Sunday 25th October 2020 between 15:00hrs and 17:00hrs inside her bedroom.

Enquiries disclosed that the deceased lived alone in a two-storey wooden and concrete structure where the upper flat is used as the living quarters, while the lower flat houses a grocery shop.

Reports are on the day in question, at about 15:00hrs, a 59-year-old farmer of Schoonard, West Bank Demerara (WBD), went to purchase eddoes from Ramjit, who didn’t have change for his $5000 note, so he collected the eddoes and told the woman that he will drop her money later and went away.

Two hours later, the farmer returned to the shop, where he observed the shop door and the back door to the upper flat wide open. He called out several times for Ramjit but got no response.

He then proceeded to the house’s upper flat, where he looked into a bedroom and saw the deceased lying motionless on her back on a bed with her feet and hands tied.

He immediately raised an alarm, and the Police were summoned to the scene. On arrival, the entire scene was processed, and the body was checked for any marks of violence, but none was seen. Several persons in the area were questioned, but no useful information was received.

The body was then escorted to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where it was pronounced dead by a doctor on duty and further escorted to the Ezekiel Funeral Parlor awaiting a Post Mortem examination.


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