Dhanraj Theophilus, the man who allegedly beat his teenaged wife at Baramita, in Region One, resulting in her death, was yesterday charged with murder.
Theophilus, 47, was read the murder charge by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in Georgetown.
It is alleged that on January 18th, 2018, at Barima Line, Baramita, he murdered Lorinda Thomas, who was his common-law wife. He was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charge.
After Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield informed that the police file was incomplete, Chief Magistrate McLennan remanded the accused to prison and adjourned the matter until February 6th, when it will be called at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court.
Thomas succumbed last Thursday to injuries that allegedly stemmed from the beating by her partner.
A post-mortem examination found that she died as a result of haemorrhage and shock due to blunt trauma. The examination was conducted on Thursday by government pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh at the Matthews Ridge mortuary.
Thomas was reportedly beaten after an argument between the two. She was said to have been on the way home from visiting family at the time she was approached by the man. He allegedly dealt her several kicks to her abdomen, causing her to pass out.
Thomas managed to make her way home following the alleged attack, and visited the health centre the following day due to intense abdominal pain. She died that same night, while preparations were being made to fly her to the city for medical attention.