Women's Issues In Guyana

Woman found dead with throat slit at Enmore home

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on April 21, 2008
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Guyana Chronicle – April 21, 2008

A 23-year-old Enmore housewife was found dead yesterday morning, an apparent victim of a volatile relationship. The body of Shanieza Khan was discovered by a female relative in the bedroom of the modest Grassfield house she shared with her companion of four years, and her four-year-old daughter from another relationship.

According to the relative who discovered the body, she went to check on her sister who had left their mother’s house to collect some clothing. She stated that the man, a cane harvester, started physically abusing Shanieza some four months ago. When the battering became too much, the young woman eventually moved backed to her mother’s home in Foulis approximately four weeks ago.

Shanieza Khan left unaccompanied for Enmore at around 13:00 hours on Saturday, but when the woman next saw her sister, she was lying on the bedroom floor of her house with her throat slit and a knife next to her body – this was around 10 hours yesterday.  

The sister told this newspaper that Shanieza was “the best” sibling of the family of five sisters and one brother. She stated that Khan’s husband had made several threats against her. At one point the man hung two ropes in the house threatening to kill both himself and Khan. Reports were made at the Enmore Police Station but, according to neighbours, the man would constantly evade the officers who came in search for him. Ranks had arrived at the home as recently as Saturday in search of the man but with no success in apprehending him.

A post-mortem on the body of Shanieza Khan is expected to be performed today. Police are continuing their investigations into the incident.

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