Sharadanand Narine, called ‘Anand’, the reputed husband of Babita Sarjou, and his alleged accomplice, Darell Punton, called ‘Yankee’, were charged and remanded to prison for murdering the woman almost six years ago.
Her skeletal remains were discovered buried in the yard of her 39-year-old reputed husband on Sunday last.
Narine and Punton made their first appearance at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court this morning where they were not required to plea to the indictable charge. The duo is expected to make their next court appearance on June 21.
Almost six years had passed since Sarjou was reported ‘missing’ by her mother and the case had been reopened recently.
It was during intense questioning and continuous interrogation of the duo that Punton had reportedly ‘cracked’ and confessed to helping the man murder his reputed wife and burying her body in the backyard of Narine’s lot 51 Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown property.
The accomplice allegedly took investigators to where the skeletal remains were buried and upon unearthing the bones police ranks arrested the duo for the crime.
On November 4, 2010 the then 28-year-old Sarjou had left her mother’s Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) residence to meet her estranged husband and son (four years old at that time) to view the annual Diwali motorcade at the Kitty Seawall, Georgetown.
She was never seen again by her mother or other relatives and despite repeated telephone calls to both of Sarjou’s cellular phones on that night and after, every attempt to contact her proved futile.
Her mother Champa Seonarine made a report at the Timehri Police Station, EBD, and then another one at the Kitty Police Station about her daughter being missing.
She, at that time, also indicated that she was fearful that Narine had played a part in her daughter’s unexpected disappearance.
Shortly before the woman’s disappearance she had filed a harassment case against Narine but the case was later dismissed.
Babita Sarjou’s reputed husband had been accused of pasting numerous copies of a nude picture of her on the walls and fence of her workplace at BK International and even on electricity posts around the environment.