Berbice man nabbed in Suriname remanded for attempted murder

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Sasenarine Sankar

Sasenarine Sankar, called ‘Barber’ or ‘Wire’, the 47-year-old man who had been wanted for attempted murder committed on Sandy Persaud, has been remanded to prison.

Sankar, who was arrested at Julianastraat in the Nickerie district of Suriname, appeared before Magistrate Tuanna Hardy at the Albion Magistrate’s Court today where he was not required to plead to the charge.

Police Prosecutor Lance Corporal Shenell Matterson objected to bail, telling the court that the accused is a flight risk.

She said that after the offence was committed, he fled the jurisdiction to neighbouring Suriname and as such, she asked the court to refuse bail.

However, Sankar told that over the past year, he has been living at his Number 69 Village Corentyne, Berbice address.

Nevertheless, bail was refused and the matter transferred to Springlands Magistrate’s Court for May 23.

Sankar has been accused of brutally chopping his lover at his home at #55 Village, Corentyne, Berbice in April 2023.

It was reported that 36-year-old Persaud, called ‘Baby’, of # 69 Village Corentyne, Berbice, had been chopped several times about her body, and had had to be hospitalised following the attack. Persaud’s mother had also been lashed with a cutlass.

It was reported that Parbatie Dyal, an aunt of the victim, had heard screams at her sister’s home and realised that her niece was in danger. She immediately rushed over to the house, but by then the suspect had already left the scene. She, however, found her niece with chops to her shoulders, forearm, back, head, and feet; and she was also stabbed to the abdomen.

The suspect, a barber of #69 Village, and the victim Persaud had started to see each other when she had ended her marriage to her husband four years ago. The barber is reportedly married, and his wife, who now resides overseas, had been making arrangements to have him join her, until she got to learn of his relationship with Persaud.

Persaud’s 16-year-old daughter had told the media that her mother had been constantly abused by her stepfather, who had even banned her from contacting her children. She said that on many occasions her mother had marks of violence on her body. In February last, the suspect had forced Persaud to move out of the district, but she subsequently returned.

The barber had reportedly made several threats to Persaud’s life, some of which were sent via voice notes. In some of the voice notes, the suspect has been heard making threats, while in others he has been heard appealing to Persaud to return home, while at the same time promising not to harm her.

One of the voice notes had seemed to suggest that the barber had had no intention of killing Persaud, but just harming her. “If you don’t come back home, I will cripple you…You see how people ah kill dem wife? If you want murderation, stay way you dea; and if you don’t want murderation, come to the house”, that voice note had said.