Grandmother on trial for manslaughter
The manslaughter trial of Thakurmani, 64, the West Berbice woman who is accused of killing her husband, began on Tuesday in the Berbice High Court before Justice James Bovell-Drakes and a mixed jury.
However, after the swearing in of the jury the matter was put down to May 29 because the accused does not have a lawyer and may have to be provided with one by the state.
The woman, of Bennett Dam, Rosignol, West Berbice, is alleged to have killed her husband, Yodha, called ‘Ramsook Maikhoo,’ a fish vendor on April 27, 2008 following a misunderstanding at their home.
Thakurmani was initially charged with the capital offence, but was committed on the lesser charge at the completion of a Preliminary Inquiry held at the Blairmont Magistrate’s Court by Magistrate Nigel Hawke. She was subsequently granted bail in the sum of $200,000.
The matter is being prosecuted by state prosecutor Attorney at law Rhondell Weaver.
Reports were that the couple had a misunderstanding at their Bennett Street home on the day in question and he was dealt a blow on his left hand. He subsequently succumbed.
The woman had claimed that she was asleep and when she got up she discovered his lifeless body under the house and raised an alarm. A post-mortem examination performed on the body showed that Yodha, died from shock and internal haemorrhage.
Police Inspector Donna Grant Fraser had prosecuted the matter during the Preliminary Inquiry.