The trial of 34-year-old Rajen Dindial who is accused of the September 3, 2017 murder of Alston Henry who was beaten to death with a wooden
paddle at a wedding house, commenced yesterday before Justice Jo Ann Barlow and a 12-person jury at the High Court in Demerara. Dindial is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes and associates and has pleaded not guilty to the murder indictment presented by State Prosecutors Sarah Martin and Shawnette Austin.
It is alleged that Dindial of Lot 653 Section ‘C’ Block Y Golden Grove, murdered Henry at Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara. It is alleged that Dindial and Henry were at a wedding celebration when an argument ensued between them after Henry pushed down a portable toilet and refused to pick it up. The court heard that Dindial became annoyed and armed himself with a paddle and dealt the victim several lashes about his body.
The court heard that Henry fell unconscious and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he succumbed sometime after. Testifying yesterday was Police Lance Corporal Detective Rameshwar Singh who is presently stationed at the Brickdam Police Station and attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). According to Singh, during September 2017, he was stationed at the Grove Police Station, East Bank Demerara where he was also attached to CID.
He recalled that on September 3, 2017 he was performing duties when Police Sergeant Detective Conway, who was also stationed at the Grove Police Station, made a request for a crime scene photographer to visit the scene of an alleged murder. As a result of his superior’s request, Lance Corporal Singh, who was then a Constable, said he armed himself with a digital camera and proceeded to the scene in the company of other police ranks and one Dwayne Williams, the brother of Henry.
On arrival, he said that Williams pointed to a spot where his brother had been lying sometime back. According to the police witness, he took several photographs of the area as well as a paddle which was later lodged at the police station. He recalled that after taking the photographs he took the camera’s memory card to CID Headquarters, Eve Leary Crime Laboratory where he printed 24 coloured photographs. He said that he returned to the Grove Police Station where he secured 12 of the photographs in his drawer.
The remaining photographs, Lance Corporal Singh said, were handed over to Sergeant Conway who had requested they be placed in the crime file. The 12 photographs were tendered and marked as exhibits in the trial. Lance Corporal Singh gave a description of what the photographs were depicting to the court. The jurors were allowed to examine the photographs.
This trial continues this morning at 09:15hrs.
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