Murder accused Fazal ‘Mongoose’ Mohamed, also called ‘Boy’, 23, of No 67 Village, Corentyne Berbice who is accused of
murdering a seven-year-old lad, is on trial for the crime.
Mohamed is accused of murdering Saheed ‘Buddy’ Muknauth, also called “Shiam” of Number 68 Village Squatting Area, Corentyne, Berbice on August 20, 2012. The matter is being tried by Justice Navendra Singh and a mixed Jury in the Berbice High Court.
When the matter began, State Prosecutor Renita Singh read a lengthy opening statement to the Jury.
According to her narration, the child’s mother, Anita Persaud, had earlier in the day ingested kerosene and was admitted to the Skeldon Hospital. The woman was ‘fed up’ of being abused by her reputed husband.
Later in the afternoon, she took a self-discharge to be home with her six children, when she discovered Saheed missing. The boy and his five siblings were left at home without adult supervision. The children’s ages ranged from 12 years to two months.
After not finding her son, she made a report to the police station on August 21. By then it was reported that around 17:30 hrs the previous the day, the accused was seen holding the victim’s hand whilst crossing the road. This was confirmed by the victim’s 12-year-old sister who stated that she called her brother to return, but he refused.
Mohamed who is well known to the family had allegedly taken the child from his home to buy food. He was reportedly the last person seen with the lad on the day he disappeared.
Muknauth’s body was discovered at the back of a rice mill in a pond in a clump of bushes some two days later. His body was nude and lying face up. It was also in an advanced state of decomposition. An on-the-spot post mortem gave the cause of death as multiple injuries.
“Mongoose” had allegedly lied to investigators that he had taken the child to a sister’s house and had given him food.
When investigators visited Mohamed sister’s house the woman denied seeing the accused or the child on the day.
Taking the witness stand on the opening day was woman Detective Sergeant Joanne Johnson and Detective Corporal Dwayne Harvey.
Detective Johnson outlined the part she played in the investigation. However, during Harvey’s testimony the defence which is being conducted by Attorney at Law Raymond Alli, made some objections.
A voir dire is now underway.
The preliminary inquiry was conducted by Magistrate Khrisendat Persaud at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.
The matter is continuing.
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