Enmore man gets 23 years after admitting to killing drinking buddy
An Enmore man was yesterday morning sentenced to 23 years behind bars by Justice Sandil Kissoon after he admitted to killing a drinking companion, whose body was subsequently burnt and buried in a shallow grave to hide the crime.
Initially indicted for the capital offence of murder was Joel Narine Persaud, who pleaded not guilty to murdering Gangaram Bharat, called ‘Bumpy,’ at Enmore, East Coast Demerara, between June 28th and July 4th of 2012.
He, however, admitted guilt at the High Court in Georgetown to the lesser count of manslaughter for unlawfully killing Bharat.
The facts presented by Prosecutor Orinthia Schmidt stated that the two, who were known to each other, had been drinking when the accused asked Bharat to leave his home but the latter refused and an argument ensued.
This, she said, led to a scuffle between the two during which Persaud dealt Bharat several blows to his head with a sledgehammer,
An Upper Corentyne motorcyclist lost his life on Wednesday night after he rode into a cow, which was sitting along the Number 56 Village, Corentyne Public Road.
The deceased has been identified as Ravindra Nazamoodin, also known as ‘Akash,’ 25, a welder of Number 57 Village, Corentyne.
Nazamoodin left home around 7 pm to head to a nearby shop to purchase some items. It was while returning home on his motorcycle, CF 5607, some two hours later that he slammed into the cow, which had been sitting in the middle of the public road for several hours.
His brother, Lokenauth Nazamoodin, explained that after receiving news about the accident, he immediately rushed to the public road, where he saw another brother picking up the now dead man in an effort to transport him to the Skeldon Public Hospital.
However, the man, who sustained major head injuries, was pronounced dead on arrival.
According to residents, the cow was seated in the middle of the public road for several hours on Wednesday. “A canter was coming and the canter sway pon the cow... The cow was sitting middle the road and when he come to go home now, he hit the cow and then the cow get up and run,” a resident noted.
The cow collapsed a short distance away. causing him to fall to the ground.
Thereafter, she added, the accused burnt the man’s body and later placed it into a shallow grave at the side of his home.
The prosecutor said that the assailant then fled to Berbice in his attempt to flee to neighbouring Suriname but he was intercepted by police days after, and was arrested and charged. Shortly after, two men were seen attempting to cut the brand from the cow. “The police come and see the two a them and them run gone and left down the knife,” the Number 56 Village, Corentyne resident
The cause of Bharat’s death was given as cerebral haemorrhage as a result of blunt trauma to the head.
After considering both aggravating and mitigating circumstances of the case, Justice Kissoon imposed the 23-year sentence upon Persaud.
The state’s case was presented by Schmidt, in association with Prosecutor Lisa Cave.
Meanwhile, Persaud was represented by attorney Maxwell McKay. said.
Stabroek News was told that the owner of the cow is suspected to be from the Number 56 Village, Corentyne.
Nazamoodin, who was well known in the area, is survived by his wife, two brothers and his parents.
A post-mortem examination is expected to be done today, while relatives noted that Nazamoodin will be laid to rest on Sunday.