Two men were this morning freed of a manslaughter charge after High Court Judge Sandra Kurtzious upheld a no-case submission made by their lawyer, Jerome Khan. The men, Lennox Baharally, 36, and Rondell Edwards, 21, were brought before the High Court in Suddie where they pleaded not guilty to the indictment.
They were accused of the April 25, 2016, unlawful killing of Mohammed Shameer who is an uncle of Baharally. The killing is reported to have occurred at Jacklow, Pomeroon. Based on previous reports, Shameer had left his home in a paddle boat on April 25, 2015, to visit a friend. While he was on his way back home, his boat was run over by another boat which was reportedly being piloted by Baharally.
At the time of the mishap, Edwards was also a passenger in the boat. It was reported that after the incident, Shameer’s body was pulled from the waters and later buried in a shallow grave. During their trial, lawyer Lisa Cave appeared on behalf of the State. Both Baharally and Edwards were initially charged with murder.
Following a preliminary inquiry, a Magistrate reduced the charge to manslaughter.