…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.
LONG BEACH – The ball was slippery. The officials called a tight game. The arena was big and imposing. And for a team as young as the Colony High School girls, all that was too much to overcome on such a big stage. “We let our age show,” Colony coach Roger Anderson said. “We didn’t have that quick passion that we normally do.” Nervous and jittery at the start, the Titans never gave themselves a chance. Colony star Amani Butler said she and her teammates didn’t have any butterflies before the game, but the flutters arrived once they hit the floor. That was immediately evident. Colony (18-13) had about as many turnovers as there were waves on the beach, to the tune of 20 in the first half (31 for the game). Silverado, which had 18 turnovers of its own, was credited with 22 steals. “The ball was really slippery,” Butler said. “It was hard to keep it in your hands.” Photo Gallery: Silverado vs. Colony The Titans fell 64-52 to Victorville Silverado in the CIF-Southern Section DivisionIII-A title game on Saturday afternoon at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, ending a terrific late-season push. Anderson said he complained to the officials about the ball’s texture, and said they acknowledged it was slippery. But he was told there was nothing that could be done about it. Meanwhile, as Silverado (22-7) built a 15-point lead midway through the second quarter, the Titans were finding themselves in foul trouble. Four Colony players already had at least two fouls with four minutes left in the first half, and Butler picked up her third with 2:51 to go before halftime. Strangely enough, Colony picked that point to start a comeback. Led by freshman Haley White, the Titans cut the lead to 34-30 over the next 80 seconds. But Colony couldn’t get any closer, and the margin grew to seven at halftime, then 13 just moments into the third quarter. Silverado led by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter. “We went up early and kept them on their heels,” Silverado coach Tyrone Brown said. “These girls showed they can play basketball with anybody.” Colony had showed the same thing, at least until Saturday. The Titans’ playoff run included three double-digit victories, including an 18-point semifinal win and a 50-point second-round victory. Not bad for a team that has more freshmen in the starting lineup (two) than seniors (one). Still, Anderson wasn’t thinking about the future. “Our expectation was to finish this off,” he said. “For some reason, we just came out flat.” Senior Laquisha Robinson led Colony with 13 points, and White added 11. Camille Buckley also pitched in with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Titans. Ashley Richie paced all scorers with 19 points and nine steals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!