This article was first published on the 26th of May, 2020 by Patrick Carpen.Last updated: October 2, 2020 at 16:44 pm
Lest We Forget…
The Crime that Shocked the Nation
Update: 2nd of October, 2020: The convictions of Bibi Shareema Gopaul and Jarvis Small are being appealed. Jarvis Small is being represented by Attorneys Nigel Hughes and Ronald Daniels while Bibi Shareema Gopaul has asked for a time period up to the 15th of October 2020 to secure a lawyer. If Bibi is unable to secure a lawyer by that time, the state will provide one for her.
The Neesa Gopaul murder case is doubtless one of the most horrific, brutal and chilling cases in Guyanese history. Imagine being heartlessly attacked by the very person whose God-given duty is to love and protect you. Imagine a group of vacationers looking for a fun time out but ending up finding a body stuffed in a suitcase at Madewini Creek along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, and imagine a woman and her partner stuffing her daughter’s lifeless body into a suitcase and then dumping it into a remote creek with dumbbells tied to it so that it wouldn’t resurface. These are some of the elements that compose the Neesa Gopaul murder case – a brutal crime which sent shock waves throughout the nation of Guyana, South America.
Neesa was only 16 years old at the time of her death. She was a brilliant student of Guyana’s most highly ranked high school: Queens College in Georgetown, Guyana, South America. Friends and classmates of Neesa Gopaul related that they didn’t notice anything unusual in Neesa’s relationship with her mother. In fact, they related several incidents where Neesa’s mom came to visit her and Neesa ran out and hugged her warmly. Little did anyone know that the little girl was being embraced by the claws of death.
The story of Neesa Gopaul began when her now deceased biological father met her mother working at a restaurant. Reportedly, the man fell in love with the young and charming Bibi Shareema Gopaul. He reportedly ended his first marriage and remarried with the new woman. The union produced two offsprings – two beautiful girls of whom Neesa Gopaul was the elder.
But a few years later, Neesa father’s became sick and eventually died. There are rumors that he was poisoned slowly with an untraceable poison. However, we do not have any evidence to this claim. It was later discovered that Shareema had been in a relationship with a man by the name of Jarvis Small who was abusive to her and soon moved in to live with her and the two young girls.
During the police interrogation, some witnesses suggested that the young girl Neesa was being drugged and raped by Mr. Jarvis Small – with the knowledge of her mother over whom Mr. Small seemed to have exercised near-total control. According to reports, the motive for the murder might have been twofold: to silence Neesa from reporting the repeated rapes and to remove her as the only barrier which stood in the way of getting the property which her father had given to her before he died.
Neesa was brutally murdered, her head battered beyond recognition and stuffed into a suitcase. The perpetrators took her to the Madewini Creek along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway and dumped the suitcase with her lifeless body. Dumbbells were attached to the suitcase to ensure that it did not resurface.
The two criminals thought they had covered their tracks well. After all, how likely it is that someone would have found the girl’s body stuffed in a suitcase at the bottom of a Creek in an isolated region of Guyana? But in a miraculous unraveling, the truth was brought to the surface. Neesa Gopaul rose from her watery grave to nail her cold blooded murderers.
On March 5th, 2015, both Shareema Gopaul and Jarvis Small were convicted of the murder of Neesa Gopaul. Jarvis was sentenced to 96 years in prison while Bibi was sentenced to 106 years behind bars. Many persons related that the two remained remorseless and maintained their innocence despite overwhelming evidence.
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