Murder accused to know fate soon

Convicted killer: Alvin Calder

A 25-year-old man, Tony Rampersaud, who is on trial for murder at the High Court on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), will know his fate on Thursday when the jury returns from deliberation. Tony Rampersaud is on trial for the November 19, 2016 murder of Henry Mendonca, a Venezuelan.
According to the facts, Rampersaud and Mendonca, who both resided in Venezuela, came to Guyana on the day in question and were drinking at the Eteringbang Landing.
However, an argument ensued between the two and Rampersaud allegedly broke a bottle and stabbed Mendonca to his abdomen. The injured man was taken to San Martin Hospital in Venezuela, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
His trial is taking place before Justice Gino Persaud and a 12-member jury. State Counsel Lisa Cave is presenting the case for the prosecution.

Murder accused: Tony Rampersaud

Meanwhile, in another case at the High Court in Suddie, 50-year-old Alvin Calder, who was found guilty on a manslaughter charge, will be sentenced today. According to the charge, on April 12, 2007, at White Water Landing, Potaro, Essequibo, Calder, formerly of Great Diamond, East Bank Demerara, unlawfully killed Joseph Willy, called “Jeff-man”.
Media reports are that Calder was only apprehended in 2016, nine years after he allegedly killed the man. It was reported that the men were involved in a drug deal that went bad. Moreover, Willy had allegedly owed the accused $150,000 for goods he had taken from his shop and had refused to pay him despite several requests.
According to reports, on the day in question, Calder saw a relative of the now dead man and confronted her over the monies he owed. After Willy learned of the confrontation, he reportedly approached Calder armed with a cutlass. At that point, it was reported that Calder shot him twice, and then made good his escape. (G1)