Suspect charged and remanded
Six days after businessman Bedi Ramjewan was shot and killed during a mid-morning robbery at Crown Dam, Industry, East Coast Demerara, one of the three suspects held was yesterday charged with his murder.
Twenty-three year-old Edward Skeete, of Lot 309 Independence Boulevard, was not required to plead to the indictable offence of murder when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Sparendaam Magistrates Court.
It is alleged that on April 27, 2011, at Crown Dam, Industry, East Coast Demerara, together with another in the course of robbing the businessman of $2M, he (Skeete) killed Bedi Ramjewan.
Skeete told the court that he was employed as a carpenter and was a father of two. He was remanded and is expected to make his next court appearance on May 27.
Meanwhile this newspaper was told that Skeete was charged on March 3, 2011, for a robbery which was committed on Vryheid’s Lust businessman Ronald Jhaman. He is presently on $60,000 bail for that offence.
Skeete along with Dexter Chase were jointly charged in July 2008, for robbing George Ramsarran of one wrist watch, one gold band, $94,000 in local currency and US$150.
The accused allegedly walked into Ramsarran’s business premises located on John Street, Werk-en-Rust, and robbed the businessman.
Initial reports had stated that Skeete and Chase, after robbing Ramsarran, were involved in an exchange of gunfire with police who were hot on their trail.
During the shooting Chase was killed, while reports are that Skeete surrendered soon after.
In this latest incident for which Skeete is accused, 40-year-old Bedi Ramjewan was shot in the chest, and beaten in the head with a helmet, after he was cornered near his home by two men on a motorcycle. Ramjewan had left a commercial bank in the city, moments before the incident occurred.
On Friday, a post mortem examination performed on the remains, revealed that the victim died from shock and hemorrhage due to a gunshot.
An ardent softball lover, Ramjewan succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital about one hour after he was taken there on Wednesday.
Ramjewan had recently returned from vacation in the United States.