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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Slain woman's husband unable to access bank account for funeral expenses

Slain taxi driver Seeraji Singh did not get her last wish of talking to her daughter before she died.

Singh died from a single bullet to the mouth after her car was hijacked in Ogle last Friday night by two young men known to her.

Kaieteur News was informed by Singh's husband, Pawan Singh, that his wife begged the police ranks who picked her up, after she was left for dead, to make a phone call to her daughter.

The police ranks had cell phones on them but no phone card. However, upon reaching the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), a telephone call was made to Singh's house in Success.

However, she could not speak to her daughter because the doctor had advised that she should not talk due to the nature of the gunshot wound.

“She was talking to the police all the time before they reached the hospital,” the husband said.

Singh, 42, was shot in the mouth at around 21:30 hrs just after she had picked up two men at a Chinese restaurant in Success. A police patrol found her on the Ogle Public 3

Road not long afterwards and took her to the GPHC where she succumbed about two hours later from the single gunshot wound.

The police patrol was responding to a report of a robbery at the gas station in Bel Air when they received a call to investigate a shooting in Ogle.

The patrol scoured the area and found Singh on the road.

The husband said Singh was a kindhearted woman who helped out persons in need.

He said that last year she even assisted one of the young men who is being held for her murder.

According to him, the young man had malaria and Mrs Singh took him in her taxi to the hospital. He said that she refused to charge him. However, after he insisted on paying, she charged him only half the fare.

“They should not have done that to her. They could have slapped her, or even kicked her out the car, but not shoot her.”

As if the situation is not bad enough for the Singhs, the husband went to the bank to withdraw some money to give his wife a proper funeral but his request was rejected.

The bank told him he would have to get legal advice since the bank account was in his wife's name.

Almost in tears, the husband said: “I don't have enough money to give her a good funeral. Our bank account is in her name; even the cars are in her name,” he said, pointing out that that was how they lived because she was such a loving person.

The Singhs started their taxi service in Success four years ago. The service operated two cars at the time of the hijack.

He stated that his wife would not normally make pickups at night. However, he was taken up with work at a funeral that day, after which he did not return home immediately.

The husband said, as a rule, they would not pickup strangers, especially in the nights.

The two young men who allegedly hijacked the car and killed Singh are in police custody.

Kaieteur News