Jan 18, 2016 News
The Preliminary Inquiry lasted 16 months and passed through two Magistrates, but in the end, an Enmore man, who is accused of hacking his lover’s husband to death was committed to stand trial in the High Court for murder.
Errol Khan, who did a terrible job in representing himself, was committed on Wednesday last by Magistrate Alisha George at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court, after it was found that a prima facie case was made out against him for the killing of fisherman Chetram Bharrat.
Khan did not appear to care what decision the Magistrate made, since throughout the trial he verbally abused all the civilian witnesses who testified in the matter.
The abuse was hurled during the period when the unrepresented Khan, called Veenood Maraj, of Lot 72 Blossom Scheme, East Coast Demerara, was allowed to cross examine the witnesses.
Among those who bore the brunt of the abuse were his former lover Lomatie Ramdat, who was used as the prime witness by the Prosecution.
Ramdat, who was seriously wounded during the attack on May 2, 2014, had initially tried to cover for Khan with whom she shared an extra marital relationship. She changed her story after, she was told that Khan who was still on the run at the time, was planning to finish her off.
Khan was arrested four months later, after a wanted bulletin was issued for his arrest.
Initially, investigators were working on the theory that the husband and wife were victims of a robbery. This was after the woman, who would get together and co-mingle with the alleged killer whenever her husband was away at sea, claimed that bandits had entered their house.
But two days later, Lomattie Ramdat changed her story under immense pressure from her children. She disclosed that her lover was responsible.
Back in May 2014, Bharrat had allegedly returned home from a long fishing trip with a huge sum of cash and although he was aware that his wife was cheating on him, he splurged the cash on her, after she returned to the home, a decision which allegedly angered Khan.
It is alleged that Khan became jealous and was determined to get the woman back.
His anger reached fever pitch on the night before the killing when he saw the woman and her husband imbibing in the village.
Evidence was led to show that he waited until the couple went to their 418 Ninth Street, Haslington New Scheme home, and when he was certain that they were asleep, he pried open a window and entered the house. He then proceeded to hack away at the sleeping man and his wife.
While Bharrat died almost instantly, Ramdat managed to flee the house and alert neighbours who responded but not before khan had made good his escape.
A police witness testified that fingerprints obtained from a window sill, matched Khan’s.
Throughout the Preliminary Inquiry, Khan showed no remorse, even accusing his former lover of killing her husband.
“This PI could’a finish a long time ago, but he was the problem,” a Police Prosecutor who was a part of the process told this newspaper.
“Every witness he cuss, even the woman and her son. On several occasions the Magistrate had to adjourn the matter because when he start (cursing), nobody could control him; all the Magistrate can do was adjourn the matter until he cool down,” the Prosecutor said.
If khan fails to secure an Attorney when his high court trial is called, he will have to settle for a state appointed Attorney.
How that scenario will play out is anybody’s guess.
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