Black Bush murders: Another man handed three life sentences for ‘cold-blooded savagery’


An unemotional 24-year-old Jairam Chaitram called ‘Ryan’ was on Thursday handed three life sentences for the 2016 Black Bush Polder triple murder.

Jairam of Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder, was sentenced by Justice Sandil Kissoon at the Berbice High Court. The judge ordered that Jairam serve the rest of his natural life behind bars unless the sentence is overturned at the Court of Appeal.

Last month, he admitted that on July 21, 2016, he murdered 33-year-old Naresh Rooplall, 37-year-old Pawan Chandradai aka Suresh, and his 15-year-old son, Jaikarran Chandradai aka Kevin.

MURDERED: Jaikarran Chandradeo, Pawan Chandradeo and Narish Rooplall

A probation report was read in court, which stated that Jairam is known to the victim and had lived in the same village. Jairam was described as “quiet” and “loving” by his relatives.

His Community members described him as a quiet person, who never got into conflict with persons in his environment.

Indrowattie Rooplall, who is the wife and mother of Pawan and Jaikarran Chandradai and also the sister of Naresh was also interviewed for the probation report.

According to Indrowattie, no one should ever lose their child in such a heinous manner. She explained that until this moment, the wounds remain fresh; as if it was yesterday the incident occurred.

Further, she stated that for months she was unable to work and remained at home because she was emotionally distraught and traumatized.

She recalled that the way she saw her son at the hospital, “it was as if he was pleading for his life but his killers hadn’t any mercy”. The grieving mother said that “she wants the law to take its course”.

She recalled that her family knew the Jairam’s family because her husband was employed with them on the Rice Field at the backdam, but had stopped working due to a misunderstanding.

She stated that “it was very hard losing her common-law partner, her son, and brother at once for reasons she cannot comprehend. It is heart-wrenching.”

According to Indrowattie she suffered a nervous breakdown due to the incident and is now employed as a security guard to support her family. She added that her younger son was forced to drop out of school to support the family.

Justice Kissoon, before passing his sentence highlighted that the crime committed by Jairam was a despicable unparalleled act of cold-blooded ruthless savagery.

The Judge considered that the crime was of extreme violence and the gravity of the injuries the victims received.

The Judge handed Jairam three life sentences for his crimes. He did not fix a minimum tariff for probation and ordered that Jairam spend his remaining life behind bars unless the sentence is overturned at the Guyana Court of Appeal.

On Thursday, Tameshwar Jagmohan, known as “Guana” was found guilty of the triple murder and was handed three death sentences for the crimes.

Jairam’s father, Carlton Chaitram known as ‘Lie Man’, and Rakesh Karamchand known as ‘Go-To-Front’ from Sheet Anchor, Canje, Berbice, had pleaded guilty to the triple murder and will be sentenced on February 17, 2022.

On July 21, 2016, the three victims along with the brother of Jaikarran, 12-year-old Alvin left to go on a fishing trip and were expected home.

However, the 12-year-old was left behind at a camp to await his relatives’ return. According to the Guyana Police Force, each body bore a single gunshot wound.

It is alleged that the four defendants were in a rice field belonging to Sudama Jagmohan, called “King”, and were stealing diesel fuel when the victims came to the very field to catch hassar.

Jairam fired two shots in the air, and the three victims ran towards the dam, but fell. It is alleged that “Lie Man” told the party to “get rid of the evidence (witnesses).”

Jairam moved over to the men and shot them each once at point blank range, killing them on the spot.

When the bodies were discovered on July 22, 2016, by “King” and his workers, the men still had their fishing gear on them. Rooplall had a cast net hung over his shoulder; his nephew had a bag with fish hung around his neck; while Chandradeo had his cast net in his hand.

When arrested by police, under caution, Jairam said, “ Meh nah been want leff no evidence so I shoot them.”

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