Three persons are in Police Custody for the murder of Joel and Isaiah Henry. According to reports, police have arrested the three men for possession of illegal gun. A confession has been given by the men.
The teens were allegedly murdered sometime between September 5-6, 2020 their bodies were found aback Cotton Tree back dam.
A police report stated that the victims left their homes about 05:30hrs on the 5th for Cotton Tree Village, West Coast Berbice to pick coconut which is usually being sold, but, they were supposed to return around 20:00 hrs. on the said date. However, they did not show up. The mothers of the teens then lodged a missing person report at the Blairmont Police Station.
At around 09:00hrs on the 6th, relatives and friends of the victims formed a search party and went into Cotton Tree Village Back Dam in search of the teens.
About 15:30 hours on 6th, while conducting the search in the Back Dam of the said village (Cotton Tree, WCB), the bodies of Isaiah Henry and Joel Henry were found about 600 feet from each other in clumps of bushes near a coconut farm.
Isaiah Henry’s body was seen lying on his back with his head pointing in an eastern direction and feet pointing west. The body was clad in gray short pants, light green long sleeve jersey and bare footed. A wound was seen on his throat, two to his left side head, one on his fore head and one 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 bare footed. The body bore a mark around his throat and bruises on the fingers of his right hand.
The scene was processed by ranks of the Crime Scene Unit who observed no blood stains nor weapon around the bodies or within the immediate vicinity.
Further examination of a nearby coconut farm owned by the suspect who was in custody, showed what appeared to be blood stains on the ground. Also, a coconut peeler and some peeled coconuts were seen at the said location.
The events surrounding the death of the teens sparked protests on the West Coast Berbice area, causing major traffic disruption and assault of several citizens by protesters.