Screams of despair filled the early morning air as the sun rose over the West Coast Demerara village of La Jalouise and friends and relatives gathered at the home of businessman Ganesh Ramlall, who was gunned down just outside his backdoor last evening.
Ramlall was the owner of the Regent Multiplex Mall on Regent Street. His wife, Chikrakha Ramlall told News Source that the businessman arrived home and headed to the washroom in the yard just around midnight, when she heard gunshots.
She said she locked herself in the upper flat of the two-story house after hearing her husband shout “thief”. That was the last thing she heard from him. Fighting back tears, the woman explained that she only ventured from the upstairs of the house after hearing neighbours in the yard.
“I heard the bullet then I heard him hollering hard. He shouted thief as if to let me hear and after I heard that, I did not come down. I stayed up there”.
The woman said her husband was found lying on the tiled floor just outside the backdoor. She said he had a number of shots to the body including one to his head. She said no one was spotted entering or leaving the yard and there was no strange sounds before she heard the gunshot.
Neighbours who described Ganesh Ramlall as a well liked and easy-going person, said they repeatedly called for the police but the police arrived more than one hour later from the nearby Den Amstel station.
They said that was not good enough.
Another villager remarked that “they got to handle this crime thing, it getting real serious”.
Police investigators believe the murder was an execution. The probe is ongoing.