Vishwantie Ragnauth and her reputed husband, Nyron Thakurdyal, will go on trial this morning for the murder of her 39 year-old uncle who was stabbed to death almost four years ago, at Patentia, West Bank Demerara.
The two murder accused were arraigned before Justice Sandil Kissoon yesterday, hours after a ceremonial parade which marked the opening of the Demerara Assizes.
The indictment against the two was presented by Prosecutor Lisa Cave in association with Prosecutor Orinthia Schmidt. It is alleged that on December 26, 2014 (Boxing Day), at Patentia, West Bank Demerara, they murdered Sunil Ramsundar, an uncle of Ragnauth.
Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes has been retained to represent Ragnauth and Thakurdyal, who both pleaded not guilty to the charge.
A total of 10 witnesses including police ranks and civilians are expected to testify on behalf of the state.
According to reports, on Boxing Day 2014, Ramsundar was allegedly stabbed and killed by his niece and her spouse, after he attempted to settle a disagreement. It was reported that on the fatal day, Ragnauth assaulted her mother, who is Ramsundar’s sister.
Upon seeing his sister crying, the now dead man had approached her to inquire of the
problem. After an explanation was given to him, Ramsundar then confronted his niece and an argument ensued between them.
Things escalated, and Ragnauth’s spouse and Ramsundar became involved in a scuffle, during which Ramsundar was allegedly stabbed about the body by his niece and the man.
The injured man collapsed and was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
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