[www.inewsguyana.com] – Bibi Shareema Gopaul and Barry Small were found guilty for the murder of 16-year-old Neesa Gopaul on Thursday, March 05 whose body was found in a black suitcase along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway in 2010.
The murdered teen’s mother was sentenced to 106 years imprisonment while the stepfather was sentenced to 96 years. The jury’s verdict was unanimous and they were both sentenced to sixty years each for murder.
Justice Navindra Singh sentenced the former Queen’s College student’s mother to 10 years for not protecting her daughter, 10 years for brutality, 10 years for pre meditation, 10 years because she was a child and 6 years for domestic violence.
When asked what she had to say before being sentenced, the woman stood in the prisoner’s dock and told the Court that she felt justice would have been in her favour.
She cited lack of evidence against her and noted that the trial was not a fair one. Meanwhile, as it relates to her ex – lover, Barry Small, he received 10 years for brutality, 10 years for pre meditation, 10 years because she was a child and 6 years for domestic violence.
He too told the Court that the trial was not a fair one and that the evidence presented in Court was not sufficient enough to convict him.
Gopaul’s body was found at Madewini along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway tucked inside a suitcase that was partially submerged in a creek. A rope was wrapped around the body and on its other end, dumbbells were attached, apparently in an effort to keep the body under water.
Inside the suitcase, a passport (Number 0730108) bearing the name Neesa Lalita Gopaul, along with a bank card, was found.