The family of seven-year-old Nifran Nezamdeen – who was killed in an accident last year – is crying out for justice, claiming that it is taking too long for the perpetrator to be sent to jail for his crime.
Ameena Diaram, who was rendered critical in the same fatal crash, is fighting tooth and nail to bring the perpetrator of her son’s death to justice.
On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, in Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), the life of the lad was snatched away while he was in the company of his mother and sister along with a friend as they made their way home from school.
Nezamdeen, a former pupil of the Latchmansingh Primary School, was struck by a speeding motor car bearing registration number PPP 7721, driven by 21-year-old Ramesh Sewlall.
The lad’s sister, Assiyah Nezamdeen, 8, his mother, and 45-year-old Parvatie Babulall were critically injured following the accident.
It was reported that Diaram went to collect her two children from school and was standing in the corner along with Babulall, her child, and others when they were struck by the speeding car.
After the collision, the young Nezamdeen was dragged for some distance and ended up under the vehicle as it came to a halt partly submerged in a trench.
After some time, the lad was eventually pulled from under the bumper and rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The driver was arrested and upon the conclusion of the investigations, he was charged and released on $500,000 bail by Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh when he appeared at the Blairmont Magistrate’s Court.
To this day, his sister, Assiyah, is suffering from severe pain in her hip and leg while their mom has a fractured nose. From time to time, she would cry out for severe pain in the head.
Even after all these months, Nezamdeen’s father is still in a state of shock since he lost his second son a few months prior to Nezamdeen’s death due to medical conditions.
“It’s hard, but by the grace of God, we are trying hard to stay strong so that we can get justice for Nifran,” Diaram explained in tears.
She explained that since the accident, neither the driver nor his family made an attempt to meet with them or to even express their condolences. “They did not show any remorse or offer any kind of support to us.”
The family is contending that the driver is walking free, while they are still in pain and grief.
In fact, the aggrieved couple explained that they were made to understand that this is not the first accident the driver was involved in.
The grieving mother also vented her frustration at the slothfulness in which the case is being handled as she stated that her son’s first death anniversary is approaching, and she is still awaiting justice.
“Every time I show up at the court, I am only being told to come back on another date, and it would be the same thing again over and over again,” the mother cried.