Woman set on fire by husband died from shock and burns- autopsy

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Sandrama Raju, the Berbice woman who was reportedly set on fire by her husband last week, died from shock and burns. This is according to the autopsy conducted by government pathologist Dr. Bridgemohan.

The autopsy was done on Monday at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital Mortuary. A police report stated that the body was identified to Dr. Bridgemohan by the woman’s father and witnessed by the police.

After completing the examination, the body was handed over to relatives for funeral arrangements.

Raju died on Saturday night, days after she had been hospitalised after she was reportedly burnt by her husband Ganeshwar Sheocharran during an argument.

Following her death, Regional Police Commander Jairam Ramlakhan, in an invited comment, said a murder charge will be re-instituted on the suspect, Sheocharran.

Sheocharran, 27 of Lot 16 Miss Pheobe, Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court 7 before Magistrate Clive Nurse on Friday charged with attempted murder of Raju; they were married for six years.

He was not required to plea to the charge and was remanded to prison until October 06, 2021.

Police reported that the couple was engaged in an argument during which Raju threw kerosene on her body. It is alleged that Sewcharran took a lighter and lit the bottom of her dress.

The woman managed to extinguish the fire by rolling on the ground; by that time, however, she received burns to 98% of her body.

After the incident, Sewcharran attempted to flee the country and booked a flight to the United States of America and managed to board an American Airlines at 17:26hrs on Tuesday, September 14.

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