Man charged with murder of rice farmer who complained of goats in his field

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Thirty-three-year-old Burthram Ramnauth called Corn Curl of Lot 88 Johanna South Black Bush Polder was remanded to prison on Monday after he was charged with the murder of rice farmer Chanderpaul Dhuman called Jack who was attacked after he complained of goats destroying his rice fields.

Ramnauth was not required to plead to the charge which was read by Magistrate Renita Singh at the Whim Magistrate Court on Monday.

The charged alleged that between December 30, 2019, and January 1, 2020, at Johanna North, Black Bush Polder, he murdered Dhuman.

The accused retained the service of senior counsel Mursalene Bacchus; since he was not in court, another attorney stood in and asked the court to set January 20th for disclosure.

The attorney told the court that Ramnauth has no prior incident before the court and he is a father of four. The court was also informed that the accused denied the charge.

However, the Magistrate set January 21 for disclosure and the matter was transferred to the Mibicuri Magistrate Court.

On December 30th, at approximately 20:00 hrs, Dhuman, a father of four was riding the bicycle when he noticed Ramnauth and another man by a house imbibing.

He stopped and complained to the men that their goats were destroying his rice field; the complaint did not sit well with men and as such, they attacked and beat Dhuman. In the process, he was hit in the head with iron bar. He died two days later in the intensive care at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

Meanwhile, relatives of the rice farmer are questioning why only one person was charged for the crime when it was two men who attacked  Ramnauth.

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