Granny found murdered with throat slit, hair shaved off head; granddaughter arrested

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Dead: Agatha Gamell

cSeventy-five-year-old Agatha Gamell of Charity, Essequibo Coast was allegedly murdered during the wee hours of Sunday by her 21-year-old granddaughter, who is a teacher.

See the below Police report on the incident:

Police investigating alleged murder of 75-year-old woman at Charity

Police are investigating an alleged murder committed on Angelica Agatha Gamell, a 75-year-old pensioner of Lot 168 Charity Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast which occurred at about 04:00 hrs today (Sunday) at the above-mentioned address.

The 21-year-old suspect, who is in custody, is the woman’s granddaughter.

Police enquiries disclosed that the now deceased woman lived alone in a flat concrete house about three (3) feet above the surface and measuring about  40 feet in length and 25 feet in width, facing east in a fenced yard.

She would be visited occasionally by her granddaughter (the suspect). 

On 2022/11/26 at about 20:00 hrs, the suspect visited the home of Angelica Agatha Gamell in company with her one-month-old baby daughter. 

At about 04:00 hrs this morning,  one of Gamell’s neighbour told investigators that she heard loud screams, tramping, and crying of a baby coming from the home of the now deceased woman which lasted for about fifteen (15) minutes.

 Thereafter, the suspect knocked at the door of the said neighbour and asked for it to be opened.

The neighbour opened her door and saw the suspect with a naked baby in her hands.

The suspect told the neighbour that the baby just died and attempted to hand the baby over to her but she refused to take the baby. 

The suspect then walked out of the yard and onto the street with her baby.

Police were called in and the crime scene was visited by the Regional Commander Superintendent  K. Shivbaran, Dsp Duncan, Asp Lall, and other ranks.

The body of Angelica Agatha Gamell was seen clad in a white night dress with suspected blood stains and black tights, lying face up on a floormat in the kitchen.

The body was examined and one large wound was seen behind the neck and one to the right-side temple. Also, two large wounds were seen on the back of the elderly woman’s head. 

All of the elderly woman’s hair was also removed from her head and placed on the kitchen floor.

A pair of scissors with what appeared to be blood stains were found on top of a gas stove. A broken glass jar was found on the floor next to the body and cooking salt was seen scattered on the floor. 

The suspect was later arrested, and the baby (whom she had in her possession at the time) seem to be in good health. The baby was handed over to a family member.

The elderly woman’s body was escorted to the Charity Cottage Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival by a doctor on duty.  The body was then escorted to the Suddie Hospital’s mortuary for storage, awaiting a post-mortem examination.

Several persons were questioned. The suspect was seen with injuries on her right hand. When questioned by the police she claimed that she does not know how she received her injuries. 

She was placed into custody pending further investigations.

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