The two teenage girls, who allegedly planned and executed the murder of their father, 64-year-old Roger Manikam, with reported assistance from a boyfriend and another man, were all committed to stand trial at the next sitting of the High Court.
The four – a 13-year-old along with her adopted sister and biological daughter of the dead man, 18-year-old Nalanie Manikam; her boyfriend, 24-year-old Veeran Lall, called “Adam Dias”; and his friend, Devon Browne, all appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Courts.
The charge against them alleged that on April 2, 2016, at Coldingen Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara (ECD), they conspired among themselves to murder Manikam.
The four reportedly carried out the heinous act on the evening of April 2 and reportedly confessed to the murder when interrogated by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) ranks.
Manikam’s body was discovered wrapped in construction plastic and dumped on the Railway Embankment at Coldingen, ECD the morning after he was brutally murdered.
His daughters allegedly lured him into the kitchen of their Non Pariel home where one of them reportedly chopped him with an axe.
Lall reportedly helped the two girls wrap the body of their father in construction plastic and his friend, Brown, assisted in transporting the body from Manikam’s residence.
They then dumped the body on the Railway Embankment at Coldingen.
The two girls told Police that their father, who they claim was a drunkard, sexually molested them which prompted them to carry out the act.
However, family members of Manikam defended him and claimed that the teenagers killed him for money he obtained from the sale of a lumber yard he previously owned.
When the man’s body was found and investigations commenced into the matter, the two daughters had initially claimed that their father might have been killed after being robbed.
Then they suggested that he might have been returning home from one of his drinking sessions and that his girlfriend should be questioned about it.
However, the involvement of the girls in the man’s murder came to light after Police ranks who were investigating the incident found a piece of rope at the Non Pariel home of the man, which appeared to have been a part of the rope that had been used to tie the dead man up. During questioning sometime after, the two girls reportedly confessed to planning and executing the murder.