Bandits kill school teacher in supermarket robbery
--- one suspect nabbed

Guyana Chronicle
June 9, 2003

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ONE man is in custody and the search is on for two others following Saturday nightís shooting to death of a young teacher in a tussle for the keys to his car after a robbery.

The police have nabbed a 29-year-old man from Rose Hall, Corentyne, in connection with the robbery of Akbar Sain and Sonís Supermarket of Hampshire Public

Road, Corentyne, and the killing of Sasernarine Ramnauth, 26, and they are trying to apprehend two other men they believe are accomplices in the crimes.

Ramnauth, a teacher of Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary School and a second-year student of the University of Guyana, was shot in the head as the three masked bandits tried to wrest the keys to his vehicle, which they intended to use to escape from the premises they had just robbed.

Ramnauth, of 283 Anchor Ville, Port Mourant, Corentyne, reportedly fought hard to prevent the men from getting hold of his car keys.

The incident occurred around 18.45 hrs. last Saturday night.

According to eyewitness, young Sasenarine had accompanied his sister, Rohani Umaro, to Akbar Sain and Sonís Supermarket about a mile from where they lived to purchase their regular weekend groceries.

Rohani went into the supermarket to do the purchasing, while Sasenarine waited in his car, PFF 1545, which was parked in front of the supermarket. A shot time after his sister went in to the supermarket, Ramnauth heard shots coming from inside the premises.

Believing that a robbery was being committed, the teacher left his car and was going to get his sister when the

three masked men came out of the supermarket, grabbed him and took him to his car, pointing a gun to his head as they ordered him to go in and drive away with them.

Eyewitness said the vehicle crashed into a fence opposite to the supermarket instead of driving away.

At that point, one of the bandits reportedly shot Ramnauth behind his neck.

He was rushed to Port Mourant Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The bandits, meantime, fled the vehicle and ran along Dr. Tulsie Street into the backlands.

According to Mr. Akbar Sain, the owner of the supermarket, he was standing on the culvert in front of his business place when he realized that it was being robbed. He said the bandits fired two shots on the building and told all the customers who were in the supermarket at that time to lie flat on the floor.

The bandits then went to the cage, began to beat his wife, Bibi Safina Ali, who was in the cage doing the cashing, and demanded the money.

The woman said the bandits took the dayís entire sales, which she estimated to be about a million dollars, as well as robbed most of the customers in the supermarket of cash and valuables.

President Bharrat Jagdeo phoned the grieving family after he heard of the tragedy and assured them that the law enforcement agencies will do everything possible to apprehend and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Residents in the community have expressed concerns about what they said was the late response of the police from Albion Station to calls about the robbery and shooting.

Eyewitnesses said the police arrived on the scene more than 30 minutes after the report was made, claiming that they did not have transportation go get there earlier.

The police are interrogating the lone suspect nabbed in connection with the robbery and murder and are questioning a number of other persons as their investigations spread in a bid to apprehend two other persons.

Sasernarine Ramnauth is survived by his mother Radika Ramnauth and sister Rohani. Yesterday morning Minister of Health Dr. Leslie.Ramsammy, East Berbice/Corentyne (Region 6) Chairman Mr. Kumkarran Ramdas, Member of Parliament Mr. Zulfikar

Mustapha and Community Relations Officer, Office of the President -Region Six, Mr. Faizal M Jaffarally, visited the two families and expressed their sympathies.

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