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Farmer admits to killing wife in 2017

L-R: Ganesh Dhanraj and Dhanwantie Ram

A 33-year-old farmer on Monday confessed to killing his reputed wife in 2017 during a domestic dispute.

Ganesh Dhanraj, called ‘Andre,’ was arraigned before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow in the Demerara High Court for the capital offence of murder.

However, he opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter, admitting that on April 5, 2017, at Parika Façade, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), he unlawfully killed Dhanwantie Ram, also known as ‘Sisten.’

Following a probation report, he will be sentenced on September 26, 2022. The confessed killer is represented by Attorney-at-Law Ravindra Mohabir, while State Counsels Latifiah Elliot, Marisa Edwards, and Simran Gajraj appear for the prosecution.

Media reports are that Ram, who was just 29 years old at the time of her death, was on her way to the Parika Police Station to lodge a report against Dhanraj.

He intercepted her and took her to his home, where an argument ensued. During the argument, Dhanraj reportedly strangled the woman to death.

Her relatives later found her motionless body in a sitting position with a bed sheet tied around her neck in her Parika Façade’s home.

She was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival. After committing the act, the 33-year-old farmer went into hiding but was later apprehended by Police.

On April 20, 2020, Dhanraj and three others escaped from the holding bay at the Lusignan Prison. He was later recaptured by Police at the Parika Bus Park in a motor car.


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