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Mother-in-law, worker in court for pundit’s murder

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Almost two weeks after pundit Sunil Ragbirsingh was murdered during a robbery at his Arouca home, his mother-in-law and his former worker appeared in court charged with the crime.

Kumarie Maraj, 60, and 22-year-old Salim Goberdhan, of Eastern Main Road, Arouca, appeared before Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno in the Arima First Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with murdering Ragbirsingh.

They were not called upon to plead to the charge and were remanded into custody.

According to reports, on November 25, Ragbirsingh was at his home at the corner of First and Sampath Streets in Arouca, with relatives including Maraj, when four intruders entered.

The men, one of whom was armed with a gun, robbed the family of $20,000 and US$5,000 in cash and an undisclosed quantity of jewelry.

Before fleeing the scene, the gunman shot 45-year-old Ragbirsingh. He died on the scene.

Goberdhan, a handyman, had been employed by Ragbirsingh in the past, police said.

Maraj and Goberdhan were charged by PC Ricardo Ramdial of the Region Two Homicide Bureau.

They will reappear before Cedeno on January 5.


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