‘Mama’ charged, remanded for elderly aunt’s murder
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Roshanie Basdeo shortly after her court appearance
Roshanie Basdeo shortly after her court appearance

A 37-year-old housewife appeared at the Weldaad Magistrate’s Court on Friday charged for the murder of her elderly aunt and was remanded to prison by Magistrate Peter Hugh.
Roshanie Basdeo called “Mama,” of Lot 84 D Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice, was not required to plead to the capital offence which alleged that she murdered 85-year-old Sumintra Sawh called “Auntie Betty” on November 28.

She will make her second court appearance on December 14.
Sawh’s lifeless body was found in a pool of blood with multiple injuries at her Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice residence.
The woman resided alone but her niece would usually spend the night at her home.

Following the discovery, Basdeo told detectives that two men armed with knives committed the act and robbed the woman of $350,000.
She claimed that during the attack she also received injuries.

However, she subsequently retracted her story and reportedly said that she had planned the attack. She implicated 48-year-old Mohammed Ramzan Shaheed and a wanted bulletin has been issued for him.

As the investigation continued, the woman then reportedly confessed to committing the act by herself and using a razor blade to cut her hand and neck after her aunt had accused her of stealing the money.

Meanwhile, a post-mortem revealed that the woman died as a result of multiple injuries including asphyxia and aspiration of blood in airway, shock and haemorrhage, a fractured skull, and seven stab wounds to her head and face.

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