TWO FOUND GUILTY OF 2018 HORRIFIC PIRATE ATTACK

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The two men Nakool Manohar (Left ) also known as “Fyah” and co-accused Premnauth Persaud called “Sanbat (Right ) was on Monday found guilty of a deadly pirate attack that claimed the life of twelve fishermen in 2018.

Two men were on Monday found guilty of a deadly pirate attack that claimed the life of twelve fishermen in 2018, off the coast of Suriname. The two men appeared before a 12-member jury at the Berbice High Court. The 12-member jury after cautiously examining the evidence and deliberating for over two hours, found the men to be unanimously guilty of the capital offense of murder. 

The two men are Berbice businessman Nakool Manohar also known as “Fyah” and co-accused Premnauth Persaud called “Sanbat”. Justice Navindra Singh, who presided over this matter, has since ordered a probation report and has deferred sentencing for both men to January 16, 2023.

The men had earlier this month denied that between April-June 2018, they murdered Mahesh Sarjoo called “Kuba” and Tilaknauth Mohabir called “Camion” on board the vessel Romina SK 764 that was under a piracy attack.

It was further alleged that the men, during the same period, murdered Bandara called “Spanish man”, Laita Sumair called “Bora”, and Lokesh DeCouite, on board the vessel Joshua SK 1418 while committing the offense of piracy.

According to a commission of inquiry that was appointed by Former President David Granger in 2019 and headed by Dr. Rishee Thakur, the April 2018 piracy attack off of the Suriname coast which claimed the lives of at least 12 Guyanese was a well-organized operation as a result of a turf war over fishing grounds.

On April 27th, 2018, four Guyanese boats, carrying a total of 20 persons, were attacked off the coast of Suriname. The perpetrators reported having been armed with guns and cutlasses, chopped, and beat the fishermen before robbing them. Some of the men were ordered to jump overboard with their injuries, while others were thrown into the water with batteries strapped to their legs. Four men who survived the attack swam until they were rescued by passing vessels. Two weeks later, another survivor was found.

One week later there was another attack on the coast of the Matapica Canal, approximately eight miles from the mouth of the Paramaribo River, which claimed the life of Hardeo Beechan, called Ganesh, 32.

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