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Black handgun was found two feet away from body of man
The Guyana Police Force is continuing its investigation into the country’s first suspected murder/suicide case for 2022, which sent shock waves through the Village of Sarah Johanna on the East Bank of Demerara on Tuesday following the discovery of the lifeless bodies of a young married couple.
Dead are: 27-year-old Elizabeth Dass and 25-year-old Nicholas Low-A-Chee.
Investigators believe that Low-A-Chee shot and killed Das before using the very weapon to take his own life.
Dass’ body was found with what appeared to be suspected gunshot injuries – one above her right eye and another to her abdomen, while Low-A-Chee was found with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound just above his left ear and another to his right side temple, which is suspected to be point of entry/exit.
Three suspected .32 spent shells were found in the bedroom, one on the bed, one on the floor and the other about six feet west of Low-A Chee’s body. A .32 pistol was also found two feet east of his left hand, the police reported. It is suspected that the murder and suicide took place between January 2 and January 4, 2022.
In their initial report, the police said the couple was last seen alive on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at about 10:00 hrs.
However, it was not until Tuesday, January 4, their bodies were discovered.
According to the police, at around 7:30hrs, a relative of Nicholas Low-A-Chee went to check on him after several attempts to reach him via cellphone proved futile.
“On arrival at his residence the relative observed a male in the back yard who is known to the family and he observed that the door was partly opened. He then opened the door further, made a few steps into the house and repeatedly called out for his nephew, but did not get any response.
He proceeded further into the house, in the direction of his bedroom and it was at this point he started getting a foul scent,” the police detailed,
Upon entering the bedroom, the man stumbled upon the motionless bodies of Elizabeth Dass and Nicholas Low-A-Chee, in pools of blood on the bed and floor respectively with what appeared to be a black handgun, about two feet east of Nicholas Low-A-Chee’s body.
He Immediately raised an alarm, after which he reported his discovery to the Timehri Police Station via cellphone.
The suspected firearm was examined/processed for fingerprints but none was detected.
A further search within the premises unearthed a quantity of suspected cannabis which was later weighed and amounted to 370 grams.
The bodies were uplifted by undertakers of the Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and escorted to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where they were formally pronounced dead.
The hands and body of both Nicolas Low-A-Chee and Elizabeth Dass were processed for gunshot residue, also blood samples from Nicolas Low-A-Chee were taken along with what was found in the bedroom for DNA testing, the police further reported. The bodies were then taken to the Memorial Gardens Mortuary where they were placed into cold storage, awaiting a post mortem at a later date.
Several persons in the area were questioned but no useful information was obtained. Investigations are in progress.