63-year-old Fitz Josiah who brutally stabbed his 14-year-old stepdaughter to death and fled, has been caught. The man was spotted in the Vreed-en-hoop area walking on the road just around nightfall Thursday evening when residents recognised him from a photograph posted early Thursday afternoon on News Source and on Facebook.
A young man in the area said after a group of youths recognised the teen killer, they were at first apprehensive about moving in to effect a citizen’s arrest. Other residents of the New Road, Vreed-en-hoop area were alerted and within minutes over 50 persons gathered and cornered the man. He was badly beaten about his body before being taken to the Vreed-en-hoop police station.
Police investigators believe the elderly man identified brutally stabbed his stepdaughter Fenella Samuels during a heated argument at the family’s West Coast Demerara squatting home. The teenage girl was stabbed multiple times to her body. Police investigators said there were at least 15 stab wounds.
A former work mate of the man who does not want their identity to be revealed told News Source that “Josiah” always boasted about having the ability to murder someone. “He used to work here at the Linden hospital and boasted about killing before. He even said he would do it again and get off “, the former work mate said.
The man lost his job at the hospital after the hospital’s administration realised that he had been lying about his age and had long past the age of retirement. After losing his job, Fitz Josiah moved to the West Coast Demerara Squatting community at Plastic City in Vreed-en-hoop. His wife, Mildred Rose and her two children eventually joined him.
Another person who also worked at the Linden Hospital with the wanted man said he appeared “as an alcoholic” but was talented. He was known for making and showcasing pieces of craft made out of thread.
The man’s wife, Mildred told Police investigators that on Wednesday night there was a big argument in the house between her daughter and the man. The young girl had accused the man of sexually assaulting her. The mother said the girl threatened that she had evidence of his actions. She said the argument became heated and the man slapped the 14-year-old who ran to her bedroom.
The mother told investigators that she saw her husband run behind the girl with a knife and started to stab the teen. Her efforts to fight off the attack was foiled as the man stabbed her to one of her arms and she fled the scene.
Neighbours said they ran over to the house after hearing the young girl’s screams. Her bloodied body was lying on the bed and the 63-year-old man was nowhere to be seen. He had already escaped from the scene and the carnage.
The murder of the 14-year-old girl shocked the small community of plastic city.