- 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 charge.
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
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.
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
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 Fort Island.
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
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