Nakool ‘Fyah’ Manohar and the alleged ring leader for the pirate gang that was hired to execute the deadly attack, Premnauth ‘Sanbad’ Persaud, yesterday appeared at the Springlands Magistrate Court to answer to a joint charge of murder.
The two were involved in the murder of the fishermen who were attacked at sea between April 27 and May 3,
Manohar, 39, of Lot 1 Number 43 Village, Corentyne, Berbice and Persaud, 43, fisherman of Cromarty Village, yesterday stood in the prisoners dock as the two counts were read to them by sitting Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh.
The initial charge of murder instituted against Manohar for the murder of Tilaknauth Mohabir, was withdrawn and was subsequently reinstituted jointly with Persaud.
The charge read that between April 27 and May 3, Manohar and Persaud murdered Tilaknauth Mohabir and Mahesh Sarjoo in Corentyne waters. They were not required to plead to the indictable charge.
Manohar is being represented by Attorney-at-law Joel Edmond. Persaud was unrepresented.
Edmond highlighted that his client has a clean slate other than the charges put before him together with the 2015 -2016 charges. He further inquired about the status of the 2015-2016 charges.
Prosecutor Orin Joseph stated that they are currently in possession of the file.
Additionally, Joseph requested two weeks to complete the file for Manohar and Persaud’s charge. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Alexander Denhart was also present in court for report. Denhart will be charged separately for the offences that Manohar and Persaud have been charged with.
The prosecution who seemed uncertain whether to charge Manohar and Persaud jointly with Denhart was criticized by Magistrate Singh. “You know ya’ll working like a pack of jokers in here. What exactly ya’ll doing?”
Attorney-at-law Edmond also argued that the readiness of the prosecution “should have been done yesterday, delay destroys justice”.
The men were all remanded to prison until June 26,2018.
Relatives of murdered fishermen Dinesh ‘Vickey’ Persaud and Randy ‘Burnham’ Couchman were all present at court today.
‘Sanbad’ who was wanted by Suriname local authorities for the deadly attack that took place at sea was captured in Berbice last week by ranks in B’ Division. He was subsequently transported to CID headquarters in Georgetown where he was questioned extensively.
He is accused of being the ring leader for the pirate gang that carried out the vicious attack on four boats and attacking 20 fishermen, five of whom have since survived, four bodies recovered and 11 still missing.
‘Fyah’ is said to be the individual who hired the gang to commit the act in retaliation for his brother Somnauth Manohar’s death in Suriname. Manohar was also charged with attacks he reportedly committed in 2015 and 2016.
Alexander Denhart was charged at the Georgetown Magistrate Court before Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus for the murder of Tilaknauth ‘Kaiman’ Mohabir. He was also remanded for two previous charges of robbery on the high seas committed in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Mohabir and Sarjoo’s bodies were the only two bodies that were identified by relatives in Suriname after the attack by pirates on four fishing boats in the Atlantic Ocean.
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