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Body in drain
The Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD) resident, who allegedly killed his neighbour, tied the man’s head with a black plastic bag, and then dumped the body in a nearby drain was slapped with the charge for manslaughter.
Sundar Singh appeared before Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court, West Coast Demerara (WCD).
Prosecutor Thowan Carol told the court that on October 18, Singh’s 57-year-old neighbour, Abdool Ghannie, called “Dennis” or “Fulla”, of Patentia, WBD, was at his residence when the two men had a “misunderstanding”.
As a result of the argument, the suspect claimed that he dealt several cuffs to Ghannie’s face, which resulted in the now dead man receiving injuries.
Reports are that the dead man fell to the ground but Singh did not realise he was dead until the following afternoon. Singh then allegedly took Ghannie’s body to a nearby drain and dumped it. The dead man was discovered by passersby on October 20. Singh, after intense grilling by the police, reportedly confessed to killing Ghannie.
Magistrate Ally-Seepaul released Singh on $600,000 bail and the case will continue on December 5, 2019.
Prior to the court hearing, when contacted by this newspaper, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Police Commander, Senior Superintendent Linden Lord had explained that after being punched by the neighbour, the man became motionless. The neighbour, he added, thought that the man was asleep.
On Sunday morning, the neighbour noticed the man was in the same position and thought he was still sleeping. As such, the neighbour went to work.
However, upon his return home, Ghannie was still in the same motionless position. This was when the neighbour realised something was amiss.
He lifted the man’s head up and saw blood. It was then that the neighbour put the man’s head in a plastic bag to prevent the blood from dripping as he dumped the body in a nearby drain.
A post-mortem examination conducted on the body gave the cause of death as brain haemorrhage, blunt trauma to the head compounded by aspiration of blood.