Two ac­cused found guilty of mur­der­ing Wil­liams­burg mandir watch­man

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Two men were yes­ter­day found guilty of mur­der­ing a Wil­liams­burg mandir watch­man in Jan­uary, 2013, af­ter a lengthy trial in the High Court in Ber­bice.

The two men, Shiv­nar­ine Jainar­ine, also known as “Sammy,” of Train Line Dam, Port Mourant, Coren­tyne and Ryan Per­saud, of Rose Hall Town, Coren­tyne, Ber­bice, were on trial be­fore Jus­tice Priya Sew­nar­ineBe­harry and a 12-mem­ber jury.

The men are ac­cused of mur­der­ing Jag­dat Ram­char­ran, also known as ‘Ron­ald,’ 61, a se­cu­rity guard of Bloom­field, Coren­tyne, be­tween Jan­uary 6th and Jan­uary 7th, 2013.

The men will re­turn to the High Court on Novem-ber 29th, when they are ex­pected to be sen­tenced, af­ter a pro­ba­tion re­port is pre­sented on be­half of each.

The case was pre­sented by State Pros­e­cu­tor Man­del Moore, while at­tor­ney Mur­saline Bac­chus rep­re­sented Jainar­ine and at­tor­ney Arud Gos­sai rep­re­sented Per­saud.

Dur­ing the trial, Moore called ten witnesses, while the de­fence team called a to­tal of three witnesses.

The body of Ram­char­ran, who was on duty at the Iskcon Sri Sri Radha Gokula Chan­dra Mandir at Block 6 Wil­liams­burg, Coren­tyne, was found on the mandir’s porch with his hands and feet bound and a cloth tied tightly around the neck around 3 am on Jan­uary 7th, 2013.

A pair of pure gold ‘murti’ slip­pers, a bell and a tape recorder were dis­cov­ered miss­ing from the mandir and it was sus­pected that the ban­dits cut open a grill to gain en­try to the build­ing and ran­sacked it.

Ryan Per­saud (left) and Shiv­nar­ine Jainar­ine

Ryan Per­saud

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