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Gold miner admits to brutally murdering child mother

L-R: Cleavaughn Hamilton and Simone Hackett

A 44-year-old gold miner on Monday admitted to brutally murdering his child’s mother in 2016.

Cleavaughn Hamilton, also known as ‘Quarters,’ and his co-accused Ranachal Singh, called ‘Andy’ had arraigned before High Court Judge Sandil Kissoon for the murder of 25-year-old Simone Hackett, whose lifeless body was pulled from a trench in 2016.

Singh opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter and was further remanded to prison for sentencing on September 26. Hamilton, on the other hand, denied the charge.

However, he changed his plea on Monday, admitting that he murdered the 25-year-old woman. As such, he too was further remanded, and both men will be sentenced on September 26.

Based on media reports, Hackett, a mother of one, left her ‘C’ Field Sophia home on April 16, 2016, to collect a package from a man who usually sends items for her son.

Reports are that Hamilton decoyed the woman to the University of Guyana (UG) Access Road, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown.

He then contacted Singh, a taxi driver, to take him where he had lured the woman. There, the woman entered the car, and it drove off. Hamilton then stabbed the woman several times before slashing her throat.

He then threw the woman’s body at Third and Fourth Streets, Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, which a schoolchild discovered.

State Counsels Muntaz Ali and Taneisha Sagon appeared on behalf of the State, while Attorney-at-Law Latchmie Rahamat is representing Hamilton.


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