Berbice businessman charged with murder of fisherman in recent piracy attacks

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Corentyne, Berbice businessman Nakool Manohar was on Wednesday refused bail when he appeared at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court accused of killing a fisherman during the recent piracy attacks.

Accused: Nakool Manohar (file photo)

Manohar, 39, the alleged mastermind was not required to plea to the indictable charge. Appearing before Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh, Manohar remained emotionless in the docks as the charge was read to him. It is alleged that between April 26 and May 3, 2018, while in Guyana’s territorial waters, he murdered Tilacknauth Mohabir, called “Caiman”.

The businessman was remanded. The case will continue on June 13.

He was also further remanded on the two previous charges of robbery on the high seas committed in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The accused is expected to be back in court shortly to have another murder charge, for that of Mahesh Sarjoo, called “Cooba” read to him.

Mohabir and Sarjoo’s bodies were the only two that were positively identified by relatives in Suriname after the attack by pirates on four fishing boats at a place called Wia Wia Bank in the Atlantic Ocean.

Reports coming out of Suriname indicated that 20 fishermen were the victims of that attack and 11 are still missing and feared dead.

Meanwhile, one of the two other bodies found is still to be identified and that is awaiting DNA results.

The other was that of Gowkaran Outar whose body was found on the Number 63 Beach. He was identified by a tattoo on his upper body.

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