The third suspect in the murder of Regent Multiplex Mall owner Ganesh Ramlall was Thursday remanded to prison after being arraigned for the murder.
Kurt Erskine, 35, also known as “Banana”, a welder of 285 Section “C” Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which read that on July 5, 2015 at La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara, he murdered Ganesh Ramlall during the course of a robbery.
According to information, Erskine was arrested late last week after the Police made a successful application to the High Court to further detain him despite the expiration of the 72-hour detention period.
The accused’s attorney told the Court that he is surprised his client has been brought before the Court as the incident occurred in 2015 and a wanted bulletin was not issued for his client, yet somehow he was arrested and charged. He added that two others have already been charged for the murder; however, his client fully intends to prove his innocence.
He made an application for bail which was denied, and his client was remanded to prison. The matter was transferred to the Lenora Magistrate’s Court for March 29 where all three suspects will jointly appear.
Previously, Lennox Roberts, 32, called “Soldier Man” of 2279 Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, and Fazeel Bacchus, 21, called “Javed” of Lot 7 Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara, were charged for the murder of the businessman.
Both men reportedly confessed to the murder moments after they were arrested. They gave a detailed account of the execution which they claimed was planned more than two months prior to the hit.
Ramlall, 48, was out with friends at a barbeque in a neighbouring village and upon returning home at about 00:30h, he went to collect a plate as well as use the outside washroom. While doing so, Ramlall was attacked by gunmen who discharged a round, hitting the washroom door.
Guyana Times understands the businessman might have attempted to run into the bottom flat of the house from which he had emerged but was riddled with bullets. He dropped a few metres from his back door where he died. He is believed to have been shot at least seven times, including once to his head.