Vishwantie Ragnauth, who is on trial for allegedly killing her uncle Sunil Ramsundar on Boxing Day of 2014, has denied committing the crime.
Ragnauth, formerly of Skull City, Patentia, West Bank Demerara, and her reputed husband Nyron Thakurdyal, are jointly charged with the murder of Ramsundar which occurred almost four years ago.
The two murder accused have retained Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes and are on trial before Justice Sandil Kissoon and a 12-member mixed jury at the High Court in Georgetown.
In her opening remarks, Prosecutor Orinthia Schmidt had told the court that Ramsundar is an uncle of Ragnauth, the number one accused in the murder trial.
The Prosecutor said that on the day in question, there was a family problem which resulted in an altercation between Ramsundar and his niece.
According to the prosecutor, Ragnauth held on to her uncle, while her reputed husband stabbed him with a knife.
It was revealed that Ragnauth also stabbed her uncle.
Ramsundar was pronounced dead at the hospital, the Prosecutor added.
After the Prosecution led by Schmidt and Lisa Cave closed their case, Ragnauth and Thakurdyal, the number two accused, were called on to lead a defence, which they elected to do through unsworn testimonies.
From the prisoner’s dock, Ragnauth told the court that around 14:30hrs on the day in question, her uncle, Sunil (her mother’s brother) came to her residence and requested to speak with her mother. She recounted telling her uncle that her mother was not at home, after which, she inquired from him what he wanted to talk to her mother about
According to the murder accused, her uncle told her that he had wanted some money from her mother, and later left and returned sometime after in a drunken state.
“When I went to speak with him (Sunil) he began cursing up and Nyron (her reputed husband) came out by the door,” Ragnauth said. She said, too, “Me and Nyron went inside and Sunil went away.”
Ragnauth told the jury that her uncle later returned to her home and called out for her.
“I went out to him and he start cuss me up and I cuss he back. He push me into the fence and I started screaming and Nyron came out and pull he away.” She added that she and her spouse later went to the police station and reported the incident.
Declaring his innocence, Thakurdyal said that he arrived at Patentia at around 20:30hrs on December 26, 2014. He said that he and his spouse were standing on a dam when her uncle came and began “cussing” her.
He added that during that time, he grabbed Ragnauth’s hand, and together, they walked away and went to her home.
According to Thakurdyal, at approximately 22:30hrs, her uncle came to the house and called out for Ragnauth, who went out and spoke with him. He recounted that a while after, he heard his spouse screaming and ran out to see what was happening.
Thakurdyal told the court that he saw when Ramsundar held on to Ragnauth’s hands before bracing her to a fence. He added that he grabbed his spouse which resulted in Ramsundar falling, hitting himself on the fence.
Justice Kissoon will sum up the evidence in the trial tomorrow before sending the matter to the jury for deliberation on a verdict.
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