Öhusband confesses to murder, attempts
-- relatives claim that his wife was being
By Gary Eleazar and Jenelle Carter
The Canal Number One Polder was last evening thrown into
mourning after the body of, 25- year-old Sunita August who was
reportedly slain by her husband Ramesh Moniram.
Her body was fished out of a canal at Nismes, West Bank
Demerara, after hours of painstaking search by members of the
Guyana Police Force.
January 15, 2010
Moniram is also feared dead as it is believed that he ingested
poison before fleeing into some bushes aback his parents Lot
52 Unity Back Half Street.
Earlier in the day someone believed to be Moniram contacted
the La Grange Police Station informing them that he had just
killed his wife and had ingested a poison.
The caller informed the police that the body was dumped at a
koker at Nismes but initial searches by the police unearthed
only clothing believed to be that of August. It was not until
late in the afternoon that her body was discovered.
Her body did not bear any visible mark of violence and it is
believed that she was suffocated or was drowned.
Speaking with media operatives, yesterday, Moniramís
52-year-old mother, Hemwattie, known as Aunty Jean, said that
her son had been experiencing a tumultuous relationship with
the young lady for some time now to the point that she had
evicted him and he started living with them.
She stated that her son who did odd jobs including masonry and
carpentry, would give the bulk of the money he earns to the
woman mainly to support his children that he had with her. She
said that as recent as Sunday her son gave the woman some
money despite the fact that they were not living together at
This newspaper understands that following Moniramís
departure from the home August had developed a relationship
with someone else but this did not last long and Moniram had
attempted to rekindle the relationship.
Augustís relatives are however adamant this was far from the
truth. They said that it was Moniram who was stalking her and
that she had even become fearful for her life. Moniram
allegedly told neighbours of his plan, yesterday, and left
early that morning for Augustís home.
According to Moniramís mother he returned and told them that
he had finished doing what he had to do and that he had
ingested poison. ďHe fling down he phone in de corner and
say that he problems done.Ē
She said that she called some of his relatives to talk to him
but he fled into the bushy backlands and has since not been
seen. The drama began to unfold at Augustís residence where
she lived with her aunt, some time after 10:00 hours
Loraine Singh, the young womanís aunt, said that two police
ranks visited her Canal Number One home and asked her if she
was related to the dead woman.
The woman said she told them that Sunita lived with her along
with her three children. The woman added that the police
refused to divulge any further information despite her many
efforts to ascertain whether something was wrong with her
ďI keep asking he if something wrong with she; if she get in
accident and he ainít tell me nothing. He just tell me he
gon come back,Ē Singh said.
She added that some time around noon when she went to pick up
her nieceís children from school she overheard people
talking that her husband murdered her niece.
Meanwhile, another aunt said that they received similar
information and began searching the Nismes foreshore and the
kokers in the area where they were told that the womanís
body was dumped.
However they, like the police, came up empty-handed. Their
search was intensified by other members of the community who
scoured the entire area.
According to residents of the area the man was seen at the
foreshore area and some time later he was seen in different
clothing fleeing the area after he spotted the crowd.
It was after this sighting that he reportedly went home and
dead womanís children
The manís relatives said that when they saw him his
clothes were soaked in what they believed was a poisonous
During the search, which involved scores of law enforcement,
ranks and even some members of the community two gunshots rang
out in the backlands. Relatives then waited to see if the
police would emerge from the bushes with Moniram.
At one point, when reinforcements arrived one rank appeared to
be carrying what appeared to be smoke canisters.
As word of the search spread several of the womanís
co-workers turned up.
One co-worker said that he last saw Sunita on Tuesday
afternoon but she left her place of employment in a hurry. He
said that the woman had reported that her husband from whom
she had been separated had been stalking her at her work
The woman was employed at the Coconut Groove Bar in La Grange.
ďImagine only Sunday I talk to this boy. I tell he donít
come around here, and harass this girl and he tell me he
donít beat woman, that he just come to see her,Ē the
womanís co-worker related.
The woman had only been working at the bar for the past two
From all accounts by relatives on both sides as they anxiously
awaited word from the police and the search party, many attest
to the fact that the couple had a very troubled marriage.
Relatives of both Sunita and Moniram said that the couple had
separated because of several problems.
Moniram reportedly walked out of the marriage some two months
ago. His relatives claim that his wife was being
while her relatives are contending that Moniram was abusive.
Sunitaís aunt said that only recently Moniram had threatened
to burn the house down and kill his wife. A report was made at
the La Grange Police Station.
The womanís aunt said even after the coupleís separation
Moniram continued to stalk Sunita forcing her to seek refuge
at a police officerís home in fear of her life.
This woman, during the course of last year, reportedly made
several reports to the police regarding physical abuse she was
receiving, ďand every time she walk away from him he always
find her and usually he would have a cutlass or knife,Ē said
one of the now dead womanís friends.
August leaves to mourn three children, two girls and a boy.