Ruby Backdam murder trial: Gunshot injuries to head killed victim – Pathologist confirms


As the murder trial of former Policeman Ruel Brandon continued today (Monday), Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh took the stand before the 12-member jury at the High Court in Georgetown. The veteran Pathologist confirmed that the deceased man, Davonan Sookram died from gunshot injuries to the head.

Murder accused: Ruel Brandon

Dr Singh, who performed the Post Mortem Examination (PME) highlighted that bullet entered the front of the head and exited through the back of the head. The Prosecution’s witness also confirmed that wounds were circular in nature. He said too that there was bleeding inside the brain and observed that the body was bloated at the time of his examination.  Based on the state of decomposition, Dr Singh estimated that Sookram would have died between 36-48 hours.

Deceased: Davonan Sookram

Sookram’s decomposed body was found on July 31, 2015 in an area along Ruby Backdam, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), with two bullet wounds to the head. Reports back then stated that the defendant; Brandon, collected Sookram from his home and the man was not seen again. However, the former law enforcement rank has pleaded not guilty to the capital offence.

On Thursday last, a 12-member jury was empaneled before a High Court judge to hear the case.  The former policeman is represented by Defence Counsel Nigel Hughes while State Counsels Siand Dhurjon, Shawnette Austin and Lisa Cave are presenting the prosecution’s case.


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