Duo remanded for murder of Orlando Jonas

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Sampson Gagaprasad, 25, and Kris Nandalall, 27

Two men were this morning charged and remanded to prison for the murder of 26-year-old Orlando Jonas of Number One Village, Corentyne, Berbice.

Sampson Gagaprasad, 25, and Kris Nandalall, 27, both of Chesney Village, Corentyne, were not required to plead to the charge.

They were represented by attorneys Donovan Rangiah, Sanjeev Datadin, and Motie Singh.

Initial reports indicated that Jonas and Mahendra Ramnarine, 18, were riding a bicycle, and in the vicinity of a popular shop in the area, they were confronted and attacked by two men who attempted to relieve them of their personal items.

Orlando Jonas

Jonas was stabbed to death while Ramnarine was slashed to his face.

Following the incident, which occurred on Saturday last, the two “suspects” turned up at the Albion Police Station claiming that they were attacked and robbed. They were arrested.

But one of the suspects, who confessed to the crime, claimed that he acted in self-defense.

Nevertheless, after the file was sent to the DPP for legal advice. The Office of the DPP has since recommended that charges be laid against both suspects.

Protests had erupted in the Corentyne over the murder of Jonas. Family, friends and residents were calling for justice to be served.