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Friday, June 02, 2006

Sergeants charged with murder,
remanded to prison

After almost two months of investigations, two Guyana Defence Force sergeants were yesterday charged with killing Cadet Officer Amar Rajcumar, at Camp Stephenson , Timehri on April last.

The two, Christopher Harmon and Kurt Trotman, Cadet Officers in the army, are accused of murdering 21-year-old Rajcumar on April 11 last.

It is alleged that the two sergeants were in charge of a training course at Camp Stephenson in which Rajcumar was a participant.

According to the prosecution, Harmon and Trotman struck Rajcumar on the head during a quarrel over his poor performance in the course.

Investigations reportedly revealed that Harmon of Lot 1309 Parfait/Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, and Trotman of Lot 541 I Section ‘A' Block 10, South Sophia, allegedly used their pace-sticks to hit Rajcumar.

The prosecution alleged that on April 11, 2006, Rajcumar and other cadets were participating in an obstacle course and run on the day that he died.

It is alleged that the training reportedly included crawling under barbed wire and swinging above ground.

Investigators contended that the training officers reportedly began to scold Rajcumar for his poor performance and allegedly struck him on the head.

Rajcumar was later taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem revealed that Rajcumar was struck on the head with a blunt instrument and had died from haemorrhage.

The two accused are represented by Attorneys-at-Law Joseph Harmon, Leslie Sobers and Compton Richardson.

After the charge was read to his clients yesterday, Attorney-at-law Joseph Harmon told the court that the men are two senior non-commissioned officers in the GDF and have been training cadet officers in excess of six years.

The lawyer said he is shocked that his clients were charged for murder.

According to Harmon, the police sent their file to the Director of Public Prosecution's (DPP), who advised the police to ‘come up with something better.'

After listening to the lawyer's submission, Acting Chief Magistrate Cecil Sullivan remanded both men to prison.

Before their court appearance, the two accused were seen walking around the Georgetown Court compound by themselves.

Unlike other murder accused, they were not handcuffed nor were they made to walk through the chute, as is customary.

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