Timehri guard charged with killing friend during drinking spree

A Timehri guard was yesterday charged with murdering his friend, whom he allegedly stabbed during a drinking spree at his home.

Appearing yesterday before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in Georgetown was Lakeram Shankar, 25, of 17 Fire Station Road, Timehri, who was not required to plead to the indictable charge.

The charge stated that between May 8th and May 9th, at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, Shankar allegedly murdered Kawal Persaud.

Lakeram Shankar
Lakeram Shankar

The fatal altercation between the two men occurred around 7 pm on Sunday during a party. They had been seen sitting on a bench in front of the premises consuming alcohol before they had a heated exchange of words. Shankar then allegedly dealt Persaud, 54, a single stab wound to his abdomen and the man collapsed and died on spot.

Shankar, a security officer, was represented yesterday by attorney Satish Kissoon, who told the court that his client was also injured in the altercation.

Kissoon told the court that the deceased, on the night of the altercation, had a knife, which was used to inflict injuries on his client. He said Shankar sustained injuries to his eyes, ears and the back of his neck.

Kissoon said that on Wednesday, he escorted Shankar to the Timehri Police Station. He added that his client went to the police station voluntarily.

While the lawyer requested an early date for the preliminary inquiry into the charge, police prosecutor Deniro Jones noted that the police file is incomplete, since they are still awaiting the post-mortem report.

Chief Magistrate McLennan subsequently remanded Shankar to prison until May 27th for report.




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