Brazilian beat lover to death at mining camp

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A Brazilian national, who allegedly beat his lover to death, was yesterday slapped with a murder charge.

Raimundo Santos Freitas Barbosa, 51, is accused of murdering Elaine Suza Santos on Wednesday, October 5 at Piari Backdam. He was not required to plead to the capital charge when it was read to him by acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

The prosecutor told the court that the deceased and the accused, both Brazilian nationals, shared a relationship. On the day in question, it is alleged that Santos, who was working at a camp at Piari Backdam, was attacked by the defendant, who was armed with a piece of wood.

The prosecutor said the man dealt the woman lashes about her body. He left the scene and was later found in Georgetown, where, through an interpreter from the Brazilian Embassy, he was told of the charge. He denied it.

Through an interpreter, Barbosa yesterday told the court that he was working in Suriname and was passing through Guyana. He was remanded to prison and is to appear in court on October 20, when the case will be called.

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