The two women who are on trial for the 2012 murder of an American citizen are expected to know their fate today.
On trial for murder before Justice Sandil Kissoon and a mixed jury are Hemwattie Abdulla, 37, called “Anita Nazeema Khan,” formerly of Albion Corentyne and of Ozone Park, New York, USA and her alleged accomplice, Surojinie Tirmaul, 43, of Belvedere New Housing Scheme, Corentyne Berbice.
They are accused of murdering Abdool Shakeel Majid called “Shakiel,” a citizen of the USA, between April 23 and 27, 2012 in the County of Berbice, pursuant to an arrangement whereby Seerujnie Permaul called “Surojnie” and “Usha” paid money to a third person namely Pooran Jhadoo, at the request of Hemwattie Abdulla called “Annie” and “Anesa”.
The prosecution’s case which is being presented by Special Prosecutor Ganesh Hira is that around 07:40 hrs on April 27 Abdool Shakeel’s body, with scalp missing and other injuries, was found on the No. 56 Village, Corentyne foreshore.
Abdulla is being represented by attorneys-at-law Mursalene Bacchus and Arun Gossai, while Trimaul is being represented by attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes.
So far, the state has called 12 witnesses in the high profile murder trial.
The caution statements allegedly made by the two women were accepted into evidence. In the statements, the women admitted to their roles in the death of Majid. They had stated of knowing each other for some time. In the statements, they had implicated a few other persons.
It is alleged that Abdulla had visited Trimaul’s home and a $5000 US was paid by Abdulla to Trimaul, to give to someone else to kill her husband, Majid. This was allegedly because he “was like a nuisance and was beating her up often.”
Abdulla and Majid visited Guyana often and the plan was allegedly hatched to get rid of him.
They had visited Skeldon then the Number 63 Beach where he was killed, placed in the trunk and dumped somewhere else. In the meantime, the men who did the killing reportedly returned the car and left it with Abdulla; she allegedly drove the car to Trimul’s residence where the blood was washed from the trunk and the vehicle sprayed with an air freshener.
It was claimed that one Balwant Singh collected the car the next day and returned it to the owner. Abdulla returned to the USA the next day. It was reportedly mentioned that Majid had gone to Suriname through the ‘back track’ route and in the mean time, she had returned to the United States.
Defence Lawyers, Mursalene Bacchus, Nigel Hughes and Arud Gossai had objected strenuously to the admission of the statements, but after a number of days of the smaller trial the statements were admitted.
Testifying for the Prosecution were Deputy Detective Superintendent Gary McAllister and retired Detective Sergeant Charles Joseph.
Detective Corporal Wayne Harvey testified to seeing an unidentified body on the beach with its scalp missing and clad in a multi-coloured brief with marks of violence.
Others testifying included Inspector Michael Newland, and police sergeant, Lindon Forbes Sampson.
Sampson testified to examining a grey coloured car, PNN 1208 at the Providence Police Station. The car trunk had some air fresheners with what appeared to be blood on some of them. They were swabbed to be taken for examination. Overseas based brother Abdul Haseef Majid, another brother Zahir Thomas, sister-in-law Beverly Majid; wash bay attendant Sudesh Daniels; rice miller Nafizul Hack ; taxi Driver Shazad Ally; Zamal Hussein ; they were all led in their evidence by Hira and subsequently grilled in cross examination by Bacchus and Hughes. A post mortem examination was conducted on the body, which remained in cold storage until it was identified on May 15.
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