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19-year-old Joel Henry and 16-year-old Isaiah Henry
19-year-old Joel Henry and 16-year-old Isaiah Henry

– as investigations deepen into Henry boys’ murder

FIVE suspects have been detained as investigations continue into the murders of teens, Isaiah Henry, and his cousin Joel Henry, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has confirmed.

The Henry cousins were brutally murdered on September 6, 2020 at Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice (WCB).
Blanhum noted that the five persons include someone who was last seen with the victims, while some of those in custody were detained during the early stages of the investigation.

Attorney-General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall on Friday said a tribunal comprising international jurists will be established to investigate the murder of the teens.

Sixteen-year-old Isaiah Henry and 18-year-old Joel Henry were brutally murdered somewhere else, and then dumped in the backlands of Cotton Tree, WCB.
The mutilated bodies of the teen cousins were found with several chop wounds.
Nandlall said the President has promised a Commission of Inquiry into the unfortunate events at West Coast Berbice as part of the government’s effort to pursue truth and justice, in light of the mayhem that followed the killing of the Henry boys.

On Thursday, a total of 75 ranks drawn from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), the Major Crimes Unit and the Guyana Defence Force led by Region Five Divisional Commander and a Lt. Colonel, along with Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh, combed the backlands of Number Two and Three Villages on the West Coast of Berbice with the hope of finding the area where the teen cousins were killed.

Ranks on the ground also received aerial support via an helicopter from the Guyana Defence Force.
Police noted that the “methodical search” was conducted between 07:00 hours and 14:00 hours, but “nothing of evidential value was found”.
Recently, investigators determined that the teenagers were murdered somewhere else and then dumped in the backlands of Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice (WCB), and with no solid case against the suspects, all of them were released and placed on station bail.

Police had said that the primary crime scene “would greatly assist in the probe”, as it will have an abundance of evidence linking the perpetrators to the crime.
The police are calling on the public to come forward with any information which can assist investigators in locating the crime scene.
The gruesome murder of the teen boys sparked protests across the country.

An autopsy found that they both died from haemorrhage and shock due to multiple incised injuries, including severed spines.
The killers carved out a huge ‘X’ on Isaiah’s head, while they cut open Joel’s chest. They had left their Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice home to go into the backdam to pick coconuts on September 5, and that was the last time they were seen alive.

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