- Alleged accomplices charged with accessory after the fact
By Telesha Persaud
THE three Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guards who were slapped with a murder charge yesterday appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara.
With them were their three alleged accomplices who were charged with ‘accessory after the fact of murder.’
The GDF soldiers, Sherwin Hart, 24, of 123 Eccles, East Bank Demerara; Deon Greenidge, 20, of 166 Middle Road, La Penitence; and Devon Gordon, 21, of 108 ‘C’ Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, were not required to plead to the capital offence.
of the charge said, on August 20, at Bonasika Creek,
Essequibo River, they murdered Dweive Kant Ramdass.
other accused, Shawn Ajeda, 22, of 123 Block ‘C’
Eccles; Viola Adolphus, 32, of 108 ‘C’ Field,
Sophia; and Yvonne Beckles, 49, of 166 Middle Road, La
Penitence, were also not required to plead to a joint
is alleged that, on August 20, they received,
relieved, comforted, harboured, assisted and
maintained Hart, Greenidge and Gordon who were wanted
by Police in connection with the murder of Ramdass.
Mr. Hukumchand appeared for Adolphus and made a failed
bail application for her.
Magistrate Latchman remanded all six accused and the case was transferred to Leonora Magistrate’s court for September 24.
Ramdass is the victim of a robbery by the three GDF soldiers who have since confessed to his murder.
The two Privates and a Lance Corporal who were manning the Coast Guard RC 12 motor boat in the Essequibo River, made off with $17M in cash which Ramdass was carrying in a box to Bartica for his employer, Baksh, who is based in the city and operates a gold and diamond business.
three soldiers told investigators shortly after their
arrest that they strangled Ramdass, took the money he
was carrying and threw his body overboard in the
vicinity of Bonasika Creek.
24, of 95 Third Avenue, Bartica, realised he was in
danger and attempted to solicit help by using his
cellular phone. He was however prevented from doing so
by the killers.
GDF members took away Ramdass in their boat, relieved
him of the cash, murdered him and returned to the
Parika Stelling, where one of their female accomplices
was waiting for them.
is the sister of one of the officers and was given
$5.7M in cash to hold.
to reports, another portion of the money was recovered
by the police during a roadblock exercise.
three soldiers reportedly split the money in three
after they killed Ramdass.
GDF said it condemns in the strongest possible terms
the criminal action of its Coast Guards stationed at
is reprehensible and will be met with the full force
of the law. At present the ranks implicated are in
Police custody,” a GDF press statement said.
added that it is clear from initial reports that there
was a breakdown in the command and leadership
structure at this unit, for which strong
administrative action will be taken.
The GDF said it wishes to assure citizens, the fishing community, fishermen, small boat and other vessel operators that the Defence Force subscribes to the highest of professional standards and will continue to discharge its mandate notwithstanding this unsavory incident.
August 25, 2009