Feb 12, 2015 News
– duo re-arrested and charged again
The trial of Dhanraj Persaud , called ‘Chris’, 39, and Yogeshwar Dhaniram, called ‘Sham’, ‘Shem’ and ‘Jo Jo,’ 32, both of Number 70 Village, was supposed to get going on Tuesday before Justice Brassington Reynolds and a mixed jury. It came to
a screeching halt in the Berbice High Court instead.
This was after the matter was discharged on a technicality and the men set free. However they were immediately re-arrested and taken back into custody by the police.
They men are accused of murdering Sasenarine Persaud, called ‘Suresh’, 17, of Number 70 Village, Corentyne, on April 29, 2012.
The technicality was pointed out to the court by prominent Attorney-at-Law, Mursaline Bacchus, who informed the court that the men were not properly committed to stand trial in the high court in the matter.
Yogeshwar Dhaniram was being represented by Attorneys at Law Kim Kyte John and Mursaline Bacchus, while appearing for Dhanraj Persaud was state appointed Attorney at Law, Raymond Alli.
Before the matter began Mr. Bacchus brought the lapse to the attention of Justice Reynolds in the absence of the Jury. After noting Mr. Bacchus’ submission, Justice Reynolds discharged the matter.
The two men then left the court, but their freedom was short-lived as they were re-arrested by the police as soon as they left the confines of the courtroom and taken to the Central Police Station.
They were charged again and taken to the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court where they appeared before Magistrate Sherdell Issacs-Marcus.
The charge read that on April 29, 2012 at Number 70 Village, Corentyne, they murdered Sasenarine Persaud.
They were not required to plead. The matter has been transferred to the Springlands Magistrate’s court for continuation tomorrow.
The matter was first called in the Berbice High Court on February 3, but after the indictment was read and the jury was sworn, the matter was adjourned to today for continuation.
Persaud and Dhaniram went through a preliminary inquiry in the Springlands Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Krisendat Persaud in the Springlands Magistrate’s Court where he ruled that a prima facie case had been made out against them.
However, there was no proper committal. The duo was charged with murdering the youth after he intervened in a confrontation between the men and his stepfather. Persaud was stabbed and chopped across his abdomen and other parts of his body.
Persaud’s stepfather, Notan Persaud Roopnarine, called ‘Narresh’, 42, was heading home when the two men, who were having a weekend Bar B Q at their No. 70 Public Road residence, stopped him and they started to have a conversation.
An argument soon began and escalated. It is alleged that the men then took Roopnarine into their yard and started to “beat him up”.
Young Persaud, who was performing an errand for his mother, on seeing the men beating his stepfather, approached the fight and tried to intervene. The men turned on Persaud and allegedly stabbed and chopped him.
A post mortem examination performed on the body by Dr. Nehaul Singh gave the cause of death as perforation of the heart and lungs and wound to the chest.
Persaud was stabbed and chopped across his abdomen and other parts of his body. He was picked up by family members and rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
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