Toronto-based Guyanese guilty of wife's murder
Stabroek News
March 10, 2004

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A Guyanese living in Mississauga, Canada tearfully maintained his innocence as he was led away from court last week to begin serving a life sentence for murdering his wife.

According to the Mississauga News, Super-ior Court Justice Nick Borkovich said Mohan Ramkissoon, 38, had been found guilty of second-degree murder and his punishment must reflect society's abhorrence of the violent crime.

He ordered the father of two school-aged children to serve 14 years in a federal penitentiary before applying for parole.

"Your Honour, we know who is the real perpetrator here," said the convicted man, apparently referring to (the man), with whom Ramkissoon's wife had been having an affair prior to her disappearance in September of 2000.

Ramkissoon, who worked as a supervisor in the lathe department of Queensway Machine Products in Toronto, told the judge he always loved his wife and would never have "lifted a hand to harm her."

His voice cracked with emotion as he spoke of being separated from his children, his "two little angels."

Budram's partly skeletonized body was found on April 17, 2001 off the 8th Concession West in Flamborough, a short distance from the African Lion Safari and the boundary of Waterloo Region.

The slain 40-year-old woman was clad in a nightgown and wearing a gold chain, pendant, gold and ruby ring and a gold-coloured Citizen quartz watch.

Hamilton and Peel Regional Police detectives arrested Ramkissoon one week later as he and his children were preparing to board a flight at Toronto's Pearson International Airport bound for Guyana.

In his suitcases, police found photographs of Ramkissoon and his children sitting on an elephant at the African Lion Safari.

The judge ruled the photographs inadmissible at the accused husband's trial. Rajkumar (Leonard) Harriram, an older son of Budram's from a previous relationship, said his Guyanese-born mother was determined to see all her children succeed in Canada.