Death threats from Trinidad? …Murder suspect’s family goes into hiding
As murder suspect Ramesh Sookram remains on the run, some members of his family have gone into hiding after allegedly receiving death threats from persons in Trinidad who accuse them of harbouring the fugitive.
Dhanwattie Sookram, the suspect’s mother, told Kaieteur News that she received a phone call yesterday from a man who claims to be a relative of Nikita Ramischand, the ex-girlfriend that her son allegedly murdered in Trinidad last month.
She claimed that the caller repeatedly cursed her while threatening to harm her and other family members.
“He say that he will kill me and my husband…He say that I went to the police (to complain about the threats) and if I think the police could help me. He said he coming to Guyana and that my son kill and I hiding he.”
Ms. Sookram said that two of her sons have since gone into hiding with their spouses and children.
“They say that they can’t let their lives go down for their brother.”
Mrs. Sookram again insisted that she is unaware of her son’s whereabouts while appealing for him to surrender.
“Wherever he is, let him give himself up because I can’t take this anymore. I want the public to know that my (other ) sons are not moving out because we are hiding anybody, but because of the threats that he (the caller) is going to kill us.”
She said that police and people in civilian clothing have twice searched her home and those of her two other sons. The woman and her husband also claimed that heavily-armed men threatened her family and kicked and gun-butted one of her sons last Thursday
Sookram, accompanied by a 16-year-old cousin, fled to Guyana the day after Ramischand was slain. He visited his mother’s Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara home that same day, but Ms. Sookram said that he left and did not return. The cousin is also in hiding.
The cousin’s mother told Kaieteur News that her son was at her Soesdyke home from Thursday, April 26 to April 30. According to the woman, the lad left the home on Tuesday, May Day, after a quarrel with his step-father over the killing in Trinidad. She says she has not heard from the lad since.
Ms. Sookram revealed that her son and his ex-girlfriend met each other some two years ago. At the time, Nikita was 16.
Kaieteur News was told that the two concealed the relationship from Nikita’s father, Trinidad-based attorney Odai Ramischand.
Media reports out of Trinidad suggest that things soured when Nikita rejected Ramesh’s marriage proposal, and the suspect might have become more incensed when his ex-girlfriend started another relationship.
Mrs. Sookram also said that police had checked at her relatives at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara after receiving reports that he might be hiding out at an aunt’s home.