AFTER almost three hours of deliberations, the jury was unable to arrive at a verdict on Thursday, in the murder of a 22-year-old fisherman, who was brutally beaten in 2017, at Ruby, East Bank Essequibo
Former Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor, Mandy Sukhdeo, along with her father Surendra Sukhdeo and a neighbour, Rean Ghani, all formerly of Ruby, East Bank Essequibo were on trial for killing 22-year-old fisherman Shereffudeen Mohamed Nazamudeen, called “Sheriff” on February 14, 2017, at Ruby.
On Thursday, despite further direction from trial judge, Justice Navindra Singh at the Demerara High Court, the 12-member jury could not arrive at a verdict.
Given this development, they will have to be retried at the next practical sitting of the Demerara Assizes and will remain on remand.
The State was represented by prosecutor Tiffani Lyken while Attorneys-at-law, Nigel Hughes and his associates Ronald Daniels and Sophia Findlay are on record for the Sukhdeos and Attorney-at-law Khemraj Ramjattan for Ghani.
The Guyana Chronicle was made to understand that Mandy and Nazamudeen are known to each other, since they grew up together in Ruby.
Mandy had told the police that on the day in question she was walking along the Ruby Access Road, when Nazamudeen grabbed her bag and ran away. She raised an alarm and her father and neighbour came to her aid.
It is alleged that they managed to corner Nazamudeen in a nearby yard and dealt him several blows about his body. They then tied him up with pieces of wire and rope and continued beating him about his body.
Nazamudeen sustained several injuries about his body and was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he subsequently died.
Government pathologist, Dr. Nehaul Singh has confirmed that Nazamudeen died from haemorrhage and shock due to multiple blunt force traumas to his head, chest, and other parts of his body.