BIBI Nazeela Habiboodean on Monday denied playing a role in the murder of her 76-year-old father, who was beaten to death by an alleged “hitman” in 2008.
Bibi and co-accused Linden Lewis, the man she allegedly hired to kill Habiboodean (only name given), a Ruby, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) businessman, are currently on trial before Justice Sandil Kissoon and a jury at the Demerara High Court for the capital offence of murder.
The woman and Lewis, called “Bullet,” have both pleaded not guilty to murdering Habiboodean on February 15, 2008 at Ruby. The state is being represented by Senior State Prosecutor Lisa Cave, while attorneys-at-law Latchmie Rahamat and Roger Yearwood are on record for the accused.
During Monday’s hearing, Bibi told the court that she is innocent of the charge. She also denied promising Lewis “car, house and land” to kill her father.
“I never do nothing,” Bibi told the court when Yearwood asked if she played a role in the crime.
The hearing continues today.
It is alleged that Bibi not only hired Lewis to kill her father, but also helped him to gain access to his home.
Reports are that when the “hitman” entered the businessman’s home, he found the elderly man sitting in a chair and proceeded to strike him repeatedly, causing him to later succumb to his injuries at a hospital.
Bibi was charged along with another man shortly after the murder was committed, but they were both discharged by a magistrate due to insufficient evidence.
Lewis, who had fled to the “interior,” was arrested by the police two years later. Word is that the police got a breakthrough in the case after Lewis and four others were detained for the murder of Mohamed Munir, 75, and his wife Bibi Jamila Munir, 69, who were reportedly burnt to death at their Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo home in 2016.
While in custody, someone tipped off investigators that Lewis had vital information about Habiboodean’s death. He allegedly confessed and told the police that he was paid by Bibi to kill her father.
Shortly after Bibi turned herself in to the police, and reportedly provided investigators with a statement that was consistent with that given by her father’s alleged killer. Bibi and Lewis were later charged.