Four days after the body of 14-year-old Christopher Baldeo was found buried in a shallow grave, a rice farmer has been charged with the murder.
The accused, Jairam Seiupersaud of Parfait Harmonie, West Bank Demerara appeared in Court on Wednesday and was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charge of murder. He has been remanded to jail.
According to the Police, Seiupersaud was arrested over the weekend and admitted that he and the teenager, Christopher Basdeo, were drinking wine on the night of the 17th October in a desolate area in the Parfait Harmonie community and they got into an argument.
The argument reportedly turned into a fight over money and it was during that fight that the 42-year-old man armed himself with a piece of wood and lashed the teen across the head.
The teen collapsed and the man claimed that he left him there and went home.
However, he told investigators that he later returned to the scene and after realizing that the teen was dead, he moved the body to another area and buried it near a house construction site.
The body was reportedly discovered by a young boy who saw a dog digging in the area and upon investigation noticed a piece of clothing and what appeared to be part of a skull under the sand.
He alerted the Police, who later arrested the rice farmer when he took them to the same spot and confessed to the crime.
The rice farmer was reportedly close friends with the boy’s family and considered the teenager his good friend.