Wife beater jailed for 18 months


Roopnarine Persaud, a 50-year-old mechanic, was sentenced to serve 18 months imprisonment by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan Tuesday for beating and threatening to kill his reputed wife.

Persaud of Meter-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court and pleaded guilty to the two charges.

The court heard that on April 5, 2019, at Baramita, North West District, Persaud made use of threatening language to Rohana Charles and on the same day, he also wounded her.

The Chief Magistrate sentenced Persaud to serve 18 months imprisonment for the wounding charge and 12 months for using threatening language.

However, the sentences will run concurrently so Persaud will only serve 18 months.

Police Prosecutor Arwin Moore told the court that the couple has two children together and that Persaud is in a habit of physically abusing his reputed wife.

Moore explained that several reports were made to the police against Persaud and he was charged.

The woman moved out of the family home and went to live with her mother due to constant abuse.

The court heard that on the day in question, Persaud took a crate and beat the woman; he threatened to beat her until she died.

Persons in the area managed to apprehend Persaud and took Charles to the Baramita Health Centre, where she was treated for a laceration to her head.

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