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Guyana: Businessman who owed pandit $8M hired killers – cops seek mastermind; intruders spotted on hidden cameras

By Kaieteur News

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Deonarine Liliah and his son Gopaul Liliah.

(KAIETEUR NEWS) – A businessman who owed Deonarine Liliah some US$40,000 is believed to have hired two others to kill the 61-year-old Pandit and his 28-year-old son, Gopaul Liliah, according to sources close to the case.

The men the individual hired managed to sneak into the Craig Street, Campbellville property and butcher their victims. They then fled the scene after an unsuccessful search for a document that the mastermind had signed. But the killers were reportedly unaware that their actions were being recorded on concealed CCTV cameras in the house.

Police believe that they have the suspects, and are at present trying to track down the alleged mastermind.

A senior police official told Kaieteur News that one of the suspects in custody was detained near the victims’ home after he was seen acting in a suspicious manner.

The individual reportedly was found in possession of a mobile phone belonging to one of the victims.

He then identified an individual who he claimed had sold him the phone. That individual is also in custody.

The decomposing bodies of Deonarine and Gopaul Liliah were found on Tuesday in their Lot 25 Craig Street, South Half, Section ‘G’ Campbellville residence. Gopaul’s body was face-down on the floor in a pool of blood while his father’s body was in the living room.

An autopsy revealed that the victims had been stabbed 66 times.

The gruesome find was made by Leewattie Ganpat, a tenant who lives in the bottom flat.

Ganpat said that she last saw her landlord and his son in the yard on Saturday around 06:00hrs. They spoke briefly.

Ganpat said later that night around 21:00hrs while using the Wi-Fi that she shares with the Liliahs, she heard some walking upstairs after which the Wi-Fi went off.

She said that she again heard someone walking.

On Sunday when Ganpat looked out for the elderly Liliah, to tell him about the Wi-Fi problem she did not see him.

After being unable to locate him for two days, Ganpat made a report to the station at around 09.30 on Tuesday.

Police who arrived at the house found the back door ajar. They entered the house and discovered the bodies.

Police reportedly recovered CCTV footage which showed an unidentified male jumping the Western fence and entering the home, through the northern front door.

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