May 21, 2013 News
The police have solved a high profile murder which led to a juvenile and a teenager being among three charged. The robbery/murder occurred at a Mandir at Williamsburg, Corentyne back in January.
The trio Kevin Hintzen, called ‘Ratty’, 23, of Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Shivnarine Jainarine called ‘Sammy’ or Samuel, of Train Line Dam, Port Mourant, Corentyne, and the 16-year-old of Rose Hall Town, on Monday, appeared before Magistrate Adela Nagamootoo at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court and were not required to plead to the indictable charge of murder.
The unrepresented youths are accused of between January 6 and January 7, last, murdering security guard Jagdat Ramcharran called “Ronald”, 61, a father of two of Bloomfield. The man’s body was found bound and gagged at the Iskcon Hari Krishna Mandir at Block 6 Williamsburg Corentyne, Berbice.
Hintzen and Jainarine were remanded to prison until June 4 and ordered to make their next court appearance at the Albion Magistrate’s Court.
The juvenile was remanded to a juvenile correction centre.
The police had initially held three men for the burglary of a Digicel\Cell Smart outlet at Rose Hall Town Corentyne.
The men were held later in the day and found in possession of the stolen items. They had sustained injuries during the break-in as blood was found in the building. They allegedly used a saw to cut open the padlock from the door before smashing a glass door to enter the building during which time they were apparently injured. A cutlass was also left on the counter.
Two of the men eventually admitted to being involved in the murder of the security guard .The men then named others who were part of the gang that raided the Mandir on the fateful night. They stated that six of them were involved.
According to information, on the day in question about 03:00 hrs a worshipper who would visit the temple early morning to worship arrived at the temple for his usual devotion. Upon arriving he would usually be greeted by the watchman who would open the gate. But when the man arrived no one came to greet him and the gate was locked after making several calls and getting no response. He scaled the fence and to his horror he noticed the watchman lying on the ground with his hand and feet bound and the place ransacked on the body of Ramcharran. His face was swollen.
A bell, a pair of golden slippers and a tape recorder were missing and the Altar was in a mess. The thieves had entered the premises by cutting and wrenching open a grill window. They had also wrenched the door on the Altar.
Hintzen and Jainarine along with Ravendra Ramoutar, 21, called “Navin” of Train Line Dam Port Mourant Corentyne were also charged with break and enter and larceny. The trio is accused of between Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May at Rose Hall Town, Corentyne Berbice they broke and entered the Digicel Cell Smart store and stole 22 cell phones, 112 SIM cards, One flash drive, six packs of T-Shirts, 12 dummy display phones and $68,700 in local currency, the property of Basil Joseph.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Phillip Sheriff objected to bail stating that the police are investigating other matters the gang is said to be involved in. He told the court that eight of the phones were recovered from a private dwelling house.
He added that they are also looking for others involved in the robbery.
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