The weeping family met with Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall on Thursday where they aired their concerns regarding the way the police have been dealing with the matter.
Harrynarine Ramnawaj, of Cane Grove East Coast Demerara (ECD), was chopped to death by a fellow villager. The suspect was allegedly destroying vegetation the family was planting on government reserve for over 20 years in order to prepare the land for squatting. The family said they would always file a complaint to the police against the man who would destroy their crops but the suspect continued to do so.
On the day of the murder, October 15 2017, Harrynarine and his father Chandrapaul went to the land where they were confronted by the suspect and his son known as “Ragga”. The suspect then used the cutlasses he was using to destroy the plants to chop the father and son.
Harrynarine was chopped to death while the father lost two fingers in the process.
The suspect was subsequently arrested.
However, the family is claiming that no authority informed them of the court date and therefore, they were not present when the charge of manslaughter was read before the suspect who was also released on bail.
The family believes the charge of manslaughter is not weighty enough and wants the alleged killer to be charged with murder.
Additionally, the family feels very unsafe in their homes given that the suspect, who was released on bail, often threatens to take their lives.
According to the victim’s mother, Satti, a person who just committed murder should not be allowed to walk freely.