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Off-duty Policeman chauffeured defendants to Wales Station

first_imgBoxing Night fatal stabbing…submitted statement eight months laterPolice Lance Corporal Benjamin Dufu, testifying at the ongoing Boxing Night fatal stabbing matter at the High Court, disclosed that he drove his motorcar, PRR 5757, into the Wales Police Station whilst giving defendants Vishawantie Ragnauth and Nyron Thakurdyal a lift.Accused: Vishawantie RagnauthThe duo are on trial for the December 26, 2014 murder of 39-year-old miner Sunil Ramsundar at Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD).At Thursday’s hearing, the witness, in his evidence-in-chief, told the court that he was stationed at the Ruimveldt Police Station, and while off-duty, he was dropping his wife home at Patentia after they had attended a family function in the nearby village of Good Intent. When passing to go home, he saw a male and female running on the southern side of the road, appearing to be ‘panicking and afraid’.He realised that he knew the woman from the “Two Field”, Patentia area. Dufu said he knew her as “Shelly,” a name another witness had confirmed on Wednesday.The jury also heard on Thursday that at about 22:15, Dufu went out on the Wales public road when he saw the same two persons standing on the road. He said he stopped his car and they went into the back seat, but the duo never said anything to him, or he to them.“The male started talking on his cellphone, and I heard him say: ‘Pick me up at the park. One of them get stupid and I jook he up’. When I heard that, I realised that they might have committed an offence, so I drove my car into the Wales Police Station compound,” the Lance Corporal outlined.Accused: Nyron ThakurdyalDufu said he reported the matter to Constable Solomon, who took the duo out of his vehicle. Lead by Prosecutor Lisa Cave, the witness said he became fearful that the man had a weapon in his possession, and noted that he only offered them a drop because it was ‘holiday time’ and because he had recognised the female.Dufu claimed that he was going to take them to a ‘popular area’. He explained this to be either the Stanleytown junction, Bagotville junction, or at the Demerara Habour Bridge. He stressed that he was heading to Georgetown when he took them in, and that they were surprised when he took them to the Police Station. He added that they shouted: “Oh my God! Oh my God!” at that point, and he added that the man was using expletives as he was being removed.Under cross-examination by the duo’s defence attorney, Nigel Hughes, Dufu admitted that eight months after his encounter with them, he provided Police with a statement. He claimed that one of the reasons why it took that long was due to him being informed that he would be told when to provide his statement, which he did in August, 2015.He rebuffed Hughes’s suggestions that he was lying to the court. The matter continues before Justice Sandill Kissoon next week Monday.According to Police reports, the incident occurred at about 22:00h on December 26, 2014, when Sunil Ramsundar’s sister was allegedly being assaulted by her daughter Vishawantie and Vishawantie’s reputed husband, Thakurdyal. At that time, reports stated, the now deceased man had intervened, and this reportedly resulted in a heated argument, during which Ramsundar was stabbed about his body. He collapsed on the spot, and was pronounced dead on arrival to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.last_img read more

African players in Europe: Gervinho stars, Salah struggles

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah again struggled to find the net as Liverpool drew at Chelsea © AFP/File / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASPARIS, France, Oct 1 – Ivorian Gervinho caught the eye among the African stars in Europe for a second successive weekend as Egyptian Mohamed Salah struggled to replicate his form of last season.Former Arsenal winger Gervinho followed up an Italian Serie A wonder goal in the previous round by notching the winner for Parma against Empoli. Salah, the leading 2017/2018 English Premier League scorer with 32 goals, missed several chances for Liverpool before being substituted in a draw at Chelsea.EnglandALEX IWOBI (Arsenal)The Nigerian came off the bench in place of Aaron Ramsey, in the 64th minute and was soon making his presence felt as Arsenal scored twice late on to beat Watford 2-0.It was from his cross that Watford’s Craig Cathcart put the ball into his own net in the 81st minute.And two minutes later, Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette played a neat one-two that ended with Mesut Ozil bundling the ball home.MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)He is not the first striker to falter while trying to back-up a brilliant season and the Egyptian’s struggles continued in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea that ended Liverpool’s perfect start to the Premier League campaign.Salah showed plenty of speed and purpose at Stamford Bridge, but missed several chances and was substituted in the 66th minute.IDRISSA GUEYE (Everton)The defensive midfielder from Senegal played his part in helping the Toffees keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 win at home to Fulham — Everton’s first league victory in six weeks.ItalyFRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)Ivorian midfielder Kessie played a key role as AC Milan bounced back from three consecutive stalemates with a 4-1 win which prevented Sassuolo moving second in Serie A.Kessie opened the scoring after 39 minutes when he went on a powerful sole run from inside his own half, splitting the Sassuolo defence with a low drive for his second league goal this season. It gave mid-table Milan just their second win of the season.GERVINHO (Parma)Ivory Coast international Gervinho scored his third goal in five games as Parma edged Empoli 1-0 in a showdown between promoted teams.Gervinho scored the only goal after 33 minutes from n Antonino Barilla ball, breaking through to beat Pietro Terracciano at the near post in the Empoli goal.The 31-year-old former Arsenal player was substituted as a precaution five minutes after the break with a muscular problem.GermanySALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)The Ivorian forward played a decisive role in his side’s shock 2-0 defeat of champions Bayern Munich.Hertha took the lead from a penalty after Kalou was brought down by Jerome Boateng, and the 33-year-old was later involved in the build-up to Hertha’s second goal.HAMZA MENDYL (Schalke)The Moroccan defender put in a crucial block to deny Jean-Philippe Mateta a stoppage-time equaliser for Mainz as Schalke held on to 1-0 lead to pick up a much needed first win of the season.FranceNicolas Pepe converted a penalty for Lille to score his fifth goal of the season © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENNICOLAS PEPE (Lille)The 23-year-old Ivory Coast winger was a handful for a flat-footed Marseille defence in his team’s 3-0 win as Lille moved into second place in Ligue 1.France-born Pepe opened the scoring in the 65th minute when he scored a penalty having been brought down by goalkeeper Steve Mandanda. Pepe now has five league goals this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more