En­more man gets 23 years af­ter ad­mit­ting to killing drink­ing buddy

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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.

Jag­dat Ram­char­ran

Gan­garam Bharat

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