2 charged with murder of Berbice fishermen

uresh Sundat (purple shirt) and Narine Dhanraj (black shirt)
uresh Sundat (purple shirt) and Narine Dhanraj (black shirt)

Suresh Sundat, 22, of Belvedere Squatting Area and Narine Dhanrajh, 30, of Belvedere Village, were today charged with the murder of four fishermen.

The victims are Lamar Petrie, Kaywal Kissoon, Vishnu Seeram and Marvin Tamessar.

The accused appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh at the #51 Magistrate Court and were not required to plead to the indictable charge.

They were all remanded to prison and the matter was transferred to the Whim Magistrates Court for November 7.

Sundat, called Buckman or Ajai, and Dhanrajh, called Chu-Chu-Bai, reportedly confessed to killing the four fishermen about a month ago for fish.

On October 5, the fishermen left a wharf at Number 65 Village for sea aboard “Sara 1” – a fishing vessel owned by Sharanand Rabindranauth of Number 68 Village, Corentyne.

Two bodies were subsequently found; two are yet to be located.

Dead are Kawal Kissoon, called “Ajai”, of Letter Kenny, Corentyne, Berbice and 20-year-old Otto Lamar Petrie of Miss Phoebe Village, Port Mourant, Berbice.

The other two fishermen are Marvin Tamesar, also called “Buddy” and “Bin Laden”, 20, of Miss Phoebe Village and Vishnu Seeram, called “Kevin”, 20, of the same village.

INews understands that the perpetrators, who were in another fishing boat ventured over to the “Sara 1” with the intention of stealing the fish that the now dead men had caught.

The suspects proceeded to demand that the men hand over the catch as they attacked the four fishermen, but the victims reportedly fought back which led to the murders.

According to a source, the suspects confessed that after the confrontation on board “Sara 1”, they threw the men overboard, before snatching their loot and making good their escape.