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Man who set house on fire on Valentine’s Day dies after consuming poisonous substance

The 52-year-old father of two who set his house on fire on February 14, 2017 in Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara took his own life yesterday afternoon.

Dead is Rampersaud Seepersaud of Lot 89 Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara.

Rampersaud Seepersaud

Based on reports received, the man consumed two carbon tablets yesterday- two days after being discharged from the hospital where he was nursing wounds sustained in the fire- while in front his father’s home next door to his house (which he burnt down).

Relatives of the man who lived nearby said that they heard him calling out at around 17:00hrs but paid no heed. However, shortly after, neighbours began to gather and they noticed that the man was lying motionless in front of his father’s house.

He was subsequently pronounced dead.

Rampersaud’s wife, during the latter part of January, moved out of the home they shared, and took their two children along.

After two weeks of being away, his wife was adamant that she would not return due to his (Rampersaud’s) alleged abusive behaviour. This enraged the man, who was also described as an alcoholic. He in turn decided to make good on his previous threats and set their house on fire. 

Family members residing next door to the completely destroyed house, said that it was around 04:30hrs on Valentine’s Day that they noticed the blaze and notified the Guyana Fire Service, who responded promptly but were still unable to save the building.

INews had reported that during the entire ordeal, the man who allegedly set the house alight was standing calmly in the front yard, watching it burn. He then began to shout for his sister-in-law who lives next door.

At the time of the incident, no one was in the house. (Ramona Luthi)