* after the victim’s relatives chose not to offer any evidence against him
Lucky to escape the deadly riot that erupted at the Camp Street prison yesterday, a remand prisoner was on Thursday acquitted of manslaughter at the High Court, after the victim’s relatives chose not to offer any evidence against him as they had reconciled their differences and forgiven him.
Ramsammy, also known as ‘Laffie’, of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara (WBD) was handed a not guilty verdict on a charge which read that on October 20, 2005, at Goed Fortuin, he inflicted injuries on Mahendranauth Rajkumar, also called ‘Blackeye’, thereby causing his death.
The case commenced on Thursday morning before Justice Navindra Singh, and the Jury heard that both the accused and the deceased were related.
The court heard that on the day in question, the men had an argument which developed into a physical altercation. During the fight, Ramsammy dealt the deceased several lashes about his body as well as kicks and punches. The deceased reportedly succumbed to the injuries.
On Thursday, the Prosecution led by Attorney Narissa Leander, presented two witnesses. Those witnesses were Mrs Rajkumar who is the mother of the deceased, and the deceased’s brother Sukhram Basdeo.
Mrs Basdeo told the Court that she has forgiven the accused and does not wish to offer evidence against him. Meanwhile, the brother explained that he and his family have reconciled with the accused and as such they would not be pursuing the matter.
The Prosecutor then related that they would not be pursuing the matter any further as they have no evidence. As such, Justice Singh directed the Jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty and they complied.
The Judge told the accused that he hoped he had made peace with himself and the deceased’s family.
The case was then dismissed