Jury delivers manslaughter verdict in ‘wedding house’ murder

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Rajen Dindial

A 12-member mixed jury, on Wednesday, at the High Court, found a man guilty for the killing of Aliston Henry, who was beaten to death at a ‘wedding house’ in 2017, at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD).

Rajen Dindial, a former resident of Section ‘C’ Block Y, Golden Grove, EBD, was charged for the capital offence of murder, but was found not guilty by the jury. However, the jury found him guilty of the lesser count of manslaughter.

His attorney, Nigel Hughes, requested that a probation report be prepared for his client before sentencing. The state is being represented by State Prosecutor Sarah Martin. Trial Judge Jo-Ann Barlow deferred sentencing until November 28, 2019.

According to reports, on September 3, 2017, at Sarran Street, Grove, East Bank Demerara, while at the wedding house celebration, Henry had a misunderstanding with Dindial and pushed down a portable toilet which was nearby.

Dindial became annoyed and dealt Henry several lashes about his body with a food paddle.
The injured Henry was then taken home by public-spirited citizens and, subsequently, to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he succumbed to his injuries several days later.