Boxing Night fatal stabbingThe High Court trial of Nyron Thakurdyal and his reputed wife, Vishawantie Ragnauth, commenced before Justice Sandhill Kissoon on Wednesday, where the 12-member jury heard that when murder allegations were put to the duo, Constable Kevon Bennett was the lone Police rank present. This means that it will be his word against theirs, as he admitted under cross-examination by lawyer for the two defendants, Nigel Hughes.Ragnauth, the number one accused; and Thakurdyal, her common-law husband and an alleged accomplice are on trial for the murder of Ragnauth’s 39-year-old uncle, Sunil Ramsundar on December 26, 2014, at Patentia, West Bank Demerara. Reports were that Ramsundar allegedly attempted to settle a dispute between his sister, niece and his niece’s reputed husband.During Wednesday’s hearing, Constable Bennett who was stationed at the WalesDeceased: Sunil RamsundarPolice Station during the murder investigation, said after he received instructions, he went to Skull City, Patentia, where the murder occurred and told the accused persons of their alleged crime. Bennett later noted that Thakurdyal responded saying “Big man, me just part them.”Under evidence-in-chief led by Prosecutor Orinthia Schmidt, the Police witness claimed that the duo appeared nervous and shaking while in custody, though he later admitted in court that he never included that in his statement nor disclosed those descriptions to the Magistrate.Under questioning by Attorney Hughes, Bennett said he could not recall why he did not ask the two accused if they wanted to put anything in writing. During questioning, he also said only he was present with the accused when he spoke with them while they were in custody.Eta Lakram of Patentia Housing Scheme was the deceased’s mother-in-law. In her testimony, she said after she was told that Sunil was stabbed around 22:00h, she went to the area and saw his body braced against a fence.“When I look at he, from he neck come down is share blood,” the woman told the court.Police investigator Amir Riknauth also testified. He took three images of the murder scene but only two were presented. He said the other was blurred. However, under cross-examination, he admitted that half of one of the printed pictures was distorted, leaving Attorney Hughes to declare that the Policeman presented one and a half a picture to court.According to the State’s cases, Sunil Ramsundar’s sister was reportedly being assaulted by her daughter Vishawantie and reputed husband Thakurdyal. At that time, reports stated that the now deceased man enquired from his sister why she was crying, and upon learning that the couple had physically assaulted her, the man approached his niece for an explanation. However, this reportedly turned into a heated argument, during which Ramsundar was stabbed about his body. He collapsed on the spot and was pronounced dead on arrival to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.
A memorial service for children who died at birth and were buried at Oileán na Marbh (Isle of the Dead) off the west coast of Donegal is to take place on Sunday.The poignant event is being filmed by Irish-language station TG4 and will see representatives from the Church of Ireland and Catholic Church join with the community of The Rosses in the third year of the special ceremony.It is believed that more than 500 babies, children and some sailors and other adults were buried on the island but it is only after a campaign by the local community, including Annagry-man Seamus Peter Boyle, that the island’s dead have now been recognised and remembered. Oileán na Marbh, near Carrickfinn, lies just a hundred yards out to sea and was used as a burial ground during the 18th and 19th centuries for those who died before being baptised as church law did not allow burial on hallowed ground.Speaking to donegaldaily.com Mr Boyle said: “This was so important for our community to remember those on the island and to pass our knowledge on. It is part of our heritage and it is a good thing that it is not forgotten.“We have all watched the mothers and fathers on the beaches and pier over the years, some going to the island alone, and we knew but it was never really spoken about. Now, there is a memorial cross and a commemorative stone to show that they will never be forgotten.”Everyone is welcome to attend the memorial service which takes place at 3pm on Sunday, said the 66-year-old campaigner. “Things have changed so much and Oileán na Marbh is no longer a taboo subject. Only recently, I was speaking to two ladies who had visited the island and we were talking and they told me that they hadn’t said a prayer for the babies but had said a prayer to the babies. That’s how much things have changed.“I well remember going with my uncle when I was eight or nine-years-old and he was fishing off the rocks behind the island and afterwards he would get down on one knee and say a prayer.“When I asked him what he was doing he told me it was for all the stillborn babies and babies who weren’t baptised. Well, that stayed with me and I grew up hearing different stories so it is a good thing for the whole community that we can talk about it openly now.”Enscribed on the memorial stone erected by the community are the words: “In memory of the stillborn babies, famine children and sailors buried here in Oilean na Marbh (Isle of the Dead) up until the early 1900’s. Erected and dedicated in 2009 by the community. “Is e an Tiarna m’aoire”.”CELEBRATION AND COMMEMORATION ON OILEÁN NA MARBH was last modified: August 13th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)