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“Basha” arraigned for murder of co-worker

ChargedL Seon Russell and Rohit Hansraj

Seon Russell, also known as "Basha," was arraigned for the murder of 29-year-old Rohit Hansraj, called "Master" of Wakenaam Island, Region Three, on Tuesday.

Russell, 35, was not required to plead to the indictable offence when Magistrate Crystal Lambert read it in the Bartica Magistrate's Court.

The charge states that on May 28, 2022, at Tiger Creek, Essequibo River, he allegedly murdered Hansraj. He was remanded to prison until July 14, 2022.

MTV News Update reported that Hansraj and Russell both worked for Toolsie Persaud Logging Company as Operators in the Tiger Creek area, Essequibo River.

Reports are that at about 14:00h on the day in question, Hansraj and two other workers were consuming alcohol in the area when Russell allegedly approached one of them and accused him of "looking" at his wife.

The now-dead man intervened and managed to get Russell to return to his cabin. Subsequently, Russell returned with a shotgun to the cabin, where he and the 29-year-old man became embroiled in an argument. During the row, the suspect discharged a round that struck Hansraj in his upper left shoulder.

He then escaped into some nearby bushes with the firearm. The Police were subsequently informed, and upon arrival at the scene, the peacemaker's body was seen lying face-up, clad in a blue trouser and a grey jersey. The body was examined, and a gaping wound was seen on the upper left shoulder.

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