Fisherman charged with attempted murder of wife

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Forty-four-year-old Krishna Nandalall, known as “Wallis”, of Letter Kenny Village, East-Berbice, Corentyne was remanded to prison by Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh at the Whim Magistrate’s Court on Thursday after he was charged with the attempted murder of his wife, Rajmattie Punni.

The incident occurred on December 2, 2020, at the couple’s house; it is alleged that Punni was attacked and stabbed several times by her husband, following an argument.

Their 13-year-old son, who was on his way to a nearby shop, heard the screams and hurriedly ran back to the house when he saw his father armed with a knife over his mother’s body.

The News Room understands that the child pushed his father off the woman and yelled: “Get up and run mommy!” Punni managed to run but collapsed in a neighbour’s yard.

Krishna Nandalall at the Whim Magistrate’s Court

She was rushed to the Port Mourant hospital and then transferred to the New Amsterdam hospital, where she spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She was recently discharged from the hospital and is recovering slowly.

After committing the act, Nandalall, who is a fisherman, fled the scene and only turned himself over to authorities on Wednesday. He was represented by attorney Rodwell Jagmohan, who asked the court to consider bail since his client turned himself in.

But prosecutor Orin Joseph objected to bail, noting that police have been searching for the accused since the incident occurred two weeks ago. The prosecutor also pointed to the nature and gravity of the offence and the threats to the victim, prior to the incident.

Nandalall was not required to plea to the charge and was remanded until January 11, 2021.

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