…to be sentenced on June 26Boxing night murder trialVishwantie Ragnauth and her reputed husband Nyron Thakurdyal, who were accused of murdering Ragnauth’s uncle, Sunil Ramsundar, at Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD), on December 26, 2014, were unanimously found guilty of the offence at the High Court on Friday.The duo stood in the courtroom of Justice Sandil Kissoon and had the unanimous verdict read to them.However, sentencing was deferred to June 26, following the presentation of a probation report requested by Attorney for the accused, Nigel Hughes.It was reported that on the fateful night at Patentia, WBD, Ramsundar was killed after he allegedly attempted to settle a dispute between his sister, niece and his niece’s reputed husband.According to Police reports in 2014, the incident occurred at about 22:00h where it was alleged that Ramsundar’s sister was being assaulted by her daughter Vishawantie and Vishawantie’s reputed husband, Thakurdyal.It was reported that the now dead man enquired from his sister the reason for her crying and upon learning that the couple had physically assaulted her, the man approached his niece for an explanation.However, this turned into a heated argument, during which Ramsundar was stabbed about his body. He was pronounced dead on arrival to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.The duo was later arrested and both slapped with the murder charge. During the trial, they continue to maintain their innocence thus giving unsworn statements to the Judge and jury on Tuesday last.Ragnauth, called “Shelly”, admitted that her uncle was indeed cursing her and that their fight got physical. She also admitted that her reputed husband, Nyron Thakurdyal, went to defend her after the late Sunil Ramsundar grabbed her.The accused related that she stopped a car with the intention of making a report at the Wales Police Station, while noting that she did not have a knife or a cellphone in her possession.Thakurdyal’s account of the event was similar as he claimed his reputed wife’s uncle fell to the ground after he restrained him from hitting Ragnauth. During his unsworn statement, the defendant expressed that after he saw Ramsundar holding his reputed wife, he went over and grabbed his hands.“I told him to let her go and when he let her go, he ended up falling towards the fence… we jump in the car and [Vishawantie] holler out to drive to the station,” he noted.“Next thing the Police told me go in the lockup… then a few days later, they brought this allegation of murder against me,” Thakurdyal, also called “One Eye” added.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State has suspended Jameis Winston for the entire game against Clemson on Sept. 20, extending its initial punishment of one half after the quarterback made “offensive and vulgar” comments about female anatomy earlier this week.Interim President Garnett S. Stokes and Ahletic Director Stan Wilcox announced the decision late Sept. 19. There had been criticism that the original punishment for Winston’s latest embarrassing off-field incident was too light.The statement released by the university read, “Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday’s incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night.”Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus and shouted a lascivious comment that may have derived from an internet meme.A university spokeswoman told The Associated Press Stokes was not available for comment; Wilcox could not be reached.The university also had initially announced that Winston would face internal discipline. Officials did not say why Winston was only benched for just a half and they did not provide details of the internal punishment.Coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about the half-game suspension after practice and said, “We’re in charge. It’s our team. That’s what we thought. We went with the consequences and we’re ready to move on.”Fisher also said after that practice that the President and Athletic Director are always involved in university policy, but declined to answer when asked if it’s normal for them to be involved in team discipline.“It was wrong and he made a mistake,” Fisher said. “He made a bad error in judgment. But that’s water under the bridge. We have to move on and get ready for this game. We’re 48 hours out and I’m going to focus on this football game.”The 20-year-old Winston addressed his inappropriate comments before a Sept. 17 practice: “I have to tone it down.” The Heisman Trophy winner has made similar comments after previous incidents.While playing for the Florida State baseball team, he was suspended for three games and completed 20 hours of community service after acknowledging he stole $32 worth of crab legs from a local grocery store in April.Before the football season, he said he had matured, learned what it takes to be a leader and understood that he needed to be more careful in his personal life.The school President and AD are admonishing him for doing just the opposite.“You know you have to overcome adversity, and that’s one thing at Florida State that we do,” Winston said. “We work on overcoming adversity. When I do get my opportunity to play, I’m going to do everything I can because I have to accept it.“That’s going to eat me up because I want to be out there on the field. I want to be out on the field with my team, but I did something so I have to accept the consequences.”Little known redshirt sophomore Sean Maguire will make his first college start for the top-ranked Seminoles in the Sept. 20 nationally televised game against No. 22 Clemson. He has only thrown 26 career passes and was the No. 3 quarterback before Jacob Coker was injured in 2013 then transferred to Alabama.“I wouldn’t say it’s a distraction, maybe at the time,” Maguire said about the incident. “Maybe for the first little bit, but once the news came out, practiced happened yesterday.“It makes me more confident knowing I get to go out there and play quarterback like we do in practice, like we do every day. I’m just looking forward to it, that’s all I can say.”Florida State is trying to repeat as national champions and the winner of the Clemson-Florida State matchup has played in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game the last five years.Sept. 20 will be the first game Florida State has played without Winston since the start of 2013 and they are 16-0 during that stretch.(KAREEM COPELAND)TweetPinShare0 Shares