Six Berbice men were marched before Magistrate Alex Moore at the #51 Village Magistrates’ Court in Berbice this morning to face the charge of murder related to the beating death of Pandit Rishi Bharat.
The 60-year-old beloved Pandit was beaten to death last Saturday night outside his home when he attempted to get a group of alcohol-drinking men to lower their music and move from the front of his premises.
In Court today, the six suspects were shackled at their hands and feet and showed no signs of emotions and said nothing as they were taken before the Magistrate.
Those charged for the capital offence of murder were Devendra Khemraj, Ramzan Ally, Javed Ghanie, Anil Angersham, Gregory Tejpertab and Vidaianand Khemraj.
The six murder accused were not required to enter a plea to the indictable murder charge.
After listening to the Prosection’s case, the Magistrate remanded the six men to jail. They will return to Court on the 14th October for the continuation of the murder case.
Four of the six accused had lawyers making an appearance on their behalf this morning.
The brutal murder of the Pandit has angered the Crabwood Creek community where he served.
The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha and the Maha Sabha have both condemned the killing and have called for swift justice in the matter.
The religious leader was beaten to the head and body by a group of men in front of his family members who pleaded with the men to stop.
The pandit was rushed to the hospital, but doctors pronounced him dead. A post mortem examination revealed that he suffered a fractured skull and brain hemorrhage.