Dochfour murder– “it feels great to be free”Amid scenes of jubilation from some and streams of tears from others, Davendra Ruplall, who was on trial for the murder of Suresh Goberdhan at Dochfour, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was on Tuesday afternoon freed of the charge.Sister of the deceased, Samantha Goberdhan is consoled by a relative minutes after hearing the “not guilty” verdictThe 12-member jury returned with their not guilty verdict after some two-and-half hours of deliberations at the Demerara High Court, where Ruplall was absolved of the January 2014 killing of Goberdhan, who died after a row over two games of pool. His dead body was discovered on a dam at Dochfour with multiple head injuries.Murder accused Davendra Ruplall moments before he was freed of the murder indictmentAfter Ruplall was freed amid a packed courtroom, he told Guyana Timesthat “it feels great to be free”, and added that he plans to pursue a job in finance.While his family members were overjoyed, the relatives of Suresh Goberdhan could not contain their disappointment over Tuesday’s verdict, and several persons broke down outside Court Three after Justice Jo-Ann Barlow announced that the then murder accused was a free man.The Judge told Ruplall now that he is a “free young man”, he should “stay away from rum shops” and to avoid spending so many hours consuming alcohol as was done on that fateful night.Meanwhile, mother of the deceased, Dowlat Dhangaul, told this publication that she felt her son “died for nothing”.“My son didn’t do them anything but they kill he. I feel like [the] loser [but] only God is there and he can give me justice,” the sobbing woman said.Her daughter, Samantha Goberdhan, related that she felt justice was not served, adding that the outcome brought back memories to how she felt when she had first learnt of her brother’s death.“We were hoping for the best; [we were expecting] something that could make us feel a little bit different because we already lose and this let us down more,” she expressed.The jury’s decision comes nearly one month after the trial first began, which eventually saw 15 witnesses taking the stand to testify. Chief among those who testified was Khemraj Persaud, who testified for the prosecution.It was contended that after the murder accused had lost two games of pool, he, Goberdhan and chief witness Persaud, were headed to another rum shop on two bicycles when Ruplall alleged threatened the deceased. He allegedly picked up a piece of steel, said to be three feet in length, and “lashed” Goberdhan to his head, then dragged him to the ‘sea dam’ and “lashed him more to his face”.In summing up the trial on Tuesday morning, Justice Barlow told the jury that they had to consider why the Police did not send the rock found at site for testing earlier in the case. This rock was shown once again in court on Tuesday. The jury was reminded of Corporal Benjamin’s testimony that he did not check the rock as his investigation directed that it was not the murder weapon.When Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh testified last week, giving evidence in relation to the post-mortem examination that he conducted on the body of Goberdhan, he disclosed that the deceased suffered injuries to his shoulders, lacerations to his chin, left cheek, neck, and between the eyebrows. Dr Singh further explained that the young man also had suffered multiple fractures to the head.The jury was once again reminded that a strong scent of alcohol was detected in Goberdhan’s stomach, but was cautioned against using the belief that heavy alcohol consumption by Ruplall was responsible for the young man’s death.When the prosecution had first presented its case, it was alleged that at the scene of the incident on January 16, 2014, Ruplall ran through Goberdhan’s pockets and stole his money and mobile phone, while the eyewitness, Khemraj Persaud, had shouted several times for the murder accused to “stop”.At this point, a man who lived across the road, Orin Calendar, also witnessed the ordeal and explained that he saw the “lashing” from his veranda. Sometime after, when threats were made to call the Police, Ruplall reportedly jumped onto his bicycle and fled the scene while Persaud also rode through the sea dam. Ruplall pleaded not guilty to the capital offence.The State’s Prosecutors were Siand Dhurjon and Shawnette Austin, while Defence Counsel Sandhill Kissoon represented the murder accused.
2016 has proven to be another fantastic year for the Toyota brand in Co Donegal.Toyota’s known qualities – reliable, best resale value in Ireland, high levels of specification , competitive pricing , wide range of models, pioneers of hybrid motoring, consumer led offers etc …. are well documented in the various press & media outlets throughout the course of the year.It is however at the end of each significant registration period when official statistics are released that we get a true picture of our performance for the year. We were delighted yesterday as SIMI published official statistics for 2017 to hear that we have retained our No.1 position in Donegal as the best selling passenger car brand for 2016. This has been further enhanced by Toyota having also secured the No1 position nationally.In a year that saw the Irish motoring market experience growth of 17.5% Toyota enjoyed 18.5 % year on year growth, becoming the best-selling car brand in Ireland with sales of 15,530 passenger vehicles and an overall market share of 10.6%. On a local note, there were 3,525 vehicles registered in Donegal of which 534 were Toyota’s occupying an impressive market share of 15.15%.We are not surprised that four of the Top 10 models sold in Donegal are Toyota branded.They are the Toyota Yaris (128 cars), Toyota Auris (111 cars), Toyota Rav 4 (110 cars) and the world’s best selling Toyota Corolla with 109 cars. A true reflection off the ability off the Toyota range to suit all needs from a small hatchback to the family sized saloon to the ever popular SUV. Our hybrid market increased by a significant 28% in Donegal in 2016. The move to hybrid vehicles is increasing as customers recognise the advantages and superior driving experience that they offer. Luckily Toyota are world leaders in this market and now have five of their mainstream models available in a hybrid option including the yaris, auris, prius, rav 4 and the new C-HR launched prior to Christmas.Toyota Ireland cites its brand and Dealer Network strength in addition to competitive pricing, high levels of specification as well as consumer led offers as the key to its success.Commenting on the news, Steve Tormey, Chief Executive, Toyota Ireland said “2016 was a great year for Toyota and we are proud to have once again regained the status of being the best-selling car brand in Ireland. Particularly pleasing was the continuing strong demand we experienced right across our range coupled with significantly increased consumer movement into hybrid vehicles. We believe this trend will continue with our newest model, the C-HR as well as other new model introductions later this year.As we get ready for another busy 2017, we extend a welcome to all to visit our dealerships in Mountcharles & Letterkenny, our sales staff will be delighted to discuss your individual requirements and hopefully we will have product which will suit your needs.You can visit us at Port Road, Letterkenny or Drumbeigh Mountcharles, alternatively visit our website www.kellystoyota.com . Toyota Built for a Better World. Four of top 10 car makes sold in Donegal are Toyota! was last modified: January 5th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)