Father, daughter found guilty of beating fisherman to death; co-accused freed
Former Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor Mandy Sukhdeo along with her father Surendra Sukhdeo were on Wednesday found guilty of the brutal beating to death of a 22-year-old East Bank Essequibo fisherman in 2017.
Their co-accused, Rean Ghanie was freed of the crime.
The trio were on trial before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Demerara High Court for the capital offence of murder.
They had denied murdering Shereffudeen Mohamed Nazamudeen called ‘Sheriff’ on February 14, 2017, at Ruby, East Bank Essequibo.
The jury, after deliberating for over two hours on Wednesday afternoon, found Ghanie not guilty.
The jury was unable to arrive at a verdict against the Sukhdeos for murder but found them guilty of manslaughter.
The judge ordered that a probation report be prepared for the duo and deferred sentencing to September 08.
The trio was represented by attorneys Nigel Hughes, Konyo Sandiford-Holder and Kiswana Jefford. The State was represented by prosecutors Latifiah Elliot, Marisa Edwards and Simran Gajraj.
In February 2021, the trio were first tried for the capital offence. However, the jury could not arrive at a verdict and the case was sent for retrial.
According to reports, Mandy and Nazamudeen were known to each other since they grew up together in the village of Ruby.
It was alleged that Nazamudeen grabbed a bag from Mandy and attempted to run away when she called out for her father.
Her father and Ghanie armed themselves with pieces of wood and dealt the young fisherman several lashes. They later tied him up and continued beating him.
Nazamudeen sustained several injuries to his body and was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he subsequently died.