The niece and neighbour of 85-year-old Sumintra Sawh were today jointly charged with the woman’s murder.
The niece, 37-year-old Roshanie Basdeo and neigbour, 48-year-old Mohammed Shaheed, were not required to enter a plea to the indictable murder charge.
Although the two have been jointly charged, they did not appear in Court together. Basdeo had earlier been charged and remanded to prison.
Today, she joined the proceedings via video conference while her co-accused stood in the Fort Wellington Courthouse before Magistrate Peter Hugh.
Having read the joint charge to the two accused, the Magistrate remanded them both to prison. The case will come up again on the 14th December for hearing.
The battered and badly stabbed body of 85-year-old Sumintra Sawh who was known as “Aunty Betty” was found on the morning of the 28th November after the niece raised an alarm, while claiming that she and the elderly woman had been attacked by gunmen.
Investigators did not believe her story and after questioning her repeatedly, she was arrested for the crime and a wanted bulletin was issued for the neighbour. He was arrested one day after the bulletin was issued.
A post-mortem examination revealed that the 85-year-old woman had been stabbed seven times and also beaten to the head.