– judge throws out caution statement
Accused of clubbing, stabbing and hacking his step-father to death, 22-year-old labourer Inderjeet Sewdan on Wednesday walked out of the Berbice High Court a free man.
The Free Yard, Port Mourant, Corentyne, accused was on trial in the Berbice High Court before Justice Franklyn Holder and a mixed jury for the brutal murder of his 48-year-old stepfather Deochand Singh, a father of two, slain on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.
Sewdan was granted his freedom after Justice Holder upheld a no-case submission put forward by his state-appointed Defence Counsel, Attorney at Law Tanya Warren Clements.
Justice Holder threw out a caution statement which was objected to by the Attorney for the defendant.
The caution statement was about to be tendered by Police Detective Corporal Denesh Baichu when the lawyer objected to its tendering after citing a number of discrepancies. After conducting a voir dire over a number of days, Justice Holder concluded that the statement could not be admitted as evidence.
Ms. Warren–Clements, in association with Attorney Sasha Roberts of the Berbice Legal Aid Clinic, then presented the defence’s no-case submission, which was upheld by the Judge.
He subsequently informed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty.
State Prosecutor, Attorney at Law Natasha Backer, had stated that on the day in question the accused, Inderjeet Sewdan, murdered his stepfather Deochand Singh.
She stated that prior to that particular incident the accused had numerous altercations with his stepfather.
Singh had lived with the Sewdan’s mother, who bore him two children.
It was alleged that the victim, Deochand Singh, who was a hire car driver, had fathered a child with his step daughter some five years earlier when the girl was only 15 years old.
After committing the act, the man had fled from Venezuela to Guyana. This act had reportedly triggered a bitter family feud.
It was alleged that on the day in question, Singh went to a wake and was ambushed on his return.
As he entered the yard, he was allegedly struck on the head with a length of wood. The assailant then stabbed him some 18 times before chopping him with a cutlass.
His head was allegedly severed.
It is reported that the attacker and other individuals then threw the body in a pond which contained caimans and disposed of the weapons.
The police had allegedly caught the accused in the process of burying a body. The cutlass was also recovered.
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