Another man has been charged for the murder of dredge owner Ashook Ragghu, who was gunned down two Mondays
ago while at a traffic light on Vlissengen Road.
Jermaine Otto, 25, of 735 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was remanded when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Otto, along with Travis McDougall, is accused of slaying the 43-year-old Pike Street, Georgetown businessman during the course of a robbery. The dead man’s wife, Shyrazadi Ragghu, was also robbed of $4M, but survived after being shot in her upper thigh.
Otto was not required to plead to the murder charge. The case was prosecuted by Police Corporal, Seon Blackman who did not reveal the details of the murder.
However, Otto’s alleged accomplice, 24-year-old Travis McDougall of East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown was charged with the robbery/murder and was remanded to jail last Friday.
During McDougall’s hearing, the Prosecution related that at about 13:00 hours on August 18, last, Ragghu and his wife were travelling in motorcar PGG 8291 along Vlissengen Road. They stopped at the traffic light at the Vlissengen Road and Regent Street junction.
The court was told that the Ragghus were cornered by McDougall and his accomplice (now identified as Otto), who rode up with a CG motorcycle to the driver’s side of their vehicle.
After shooting Ragghu in the chest, the duo allegedly grabbed the victim’s haversack, which contained $4M, but Mrs. Ragghu held onto it. The woman released the bag after the robbers shot her in the thigh. The men then escaped on their motorcycle with the moneybag.
Mr. Ragghu was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, while his wife was hospitalized
at the same institution. McDougall was arrested and later identified during an identification parade.
McDougall’s attorney, Kendaise Rodney, claimed that detectives used an electrical taser on her client. Her claims were refuted by the Prosecutor, who promptly stated that a medical examination had already been prepared for the accused.
During yesterday’s hearing, Otto claimed that he had no knowledge of the crime and that he “just heard that he was a suspect in a robbery matter.”
He was remanded to prison and is scheduled to return to court on October 6 before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
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