Although not represented by legal counsel, Sudesh Rambhajue, who was on trial in the High Court for attempting to murder his father-in-law Latchman Narine Persaud at School Street, Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo nearly three years ago, has been acquitted of the charge by a 12-member jury on Thursday.Sudesh Rambhajue is now a free manAfter several hours of deliberation, the jury returned the unanimous verdict of not guilty.Rambhajue on Tuesday led his defence, in which he claimed that his father-in-law had attacked him first. Rambhajue had been indicted on the first count for the attempted murder of his father-in-law, which occurred on September 18, 2015. He was facing a second count of felonious wounding.Justice Brassington Reynolds thanked Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial for conducting the case in a professional manner, while the former accused thanked the jury for its verdict. The judge told Rambhajue that the case was closed call for him, and urged him to avoid trouble and acquire stable employment.According to reports surrounding the matter, Narine Persaud claimed to have been attacked by the suspect after he had asked him to move out of his house. Persaud explained that after Rambhajue had ignored his request, he sought to repeat it when he saw the man approaching his home on the evening in question. Narine Persaud reported that Rambhajue became annoyed, and stabbed him before fleeing the scene.
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It turned out that former Mayor James Hahn’s political fate was sealed by three little words: “pay for play.” Accusations that surfaced in 2004 of backroom dealings and political shakedowns for campaign contributions led to a series of investigations – by county and federal grand juries, the city Ethics Commission and Controller Laura Chick – that proved too much for Hahn to overcome in 2005. The scandal resulted in a series of changes in how the city does business, including a ban on commissioners raising money for elected officials, tighter monitoring of contracts and a pledge by newly elected Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to keep paid lobbyists off city commissions. The original accusations were that the Airport Commission pressured contractors to make political contributions in order to win city contracts. Similar accusations soon swirled around the panels overseeing the Department of Water and Power and the Harbor Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake No indictments ever resulted from the investigations, but the damage was done politically for Hahn, who was slow to respond to the accusations. Eventually, one of his top aides and two commissioners resigned. The inquiries, however, did lead to other investigations and charges. Steve Sugerman, a former top executive with the public-relations firm of Fleishman-Hillard, pleaded guilty in July to three federal counts of wire fraud, admitting that he overbilled the city tens of thousands of dollars on a DWP contract. In a negotiated settlement, the firm agreed to repay the city $6 million. Sugerman also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against two other Fleishman executives, Doug Dowie and John Stoddard, who have pleaded not guilty to similar charges. In another case, real estate developer Mark Alan Abrams has been accused of laundering political contributions to Hahn and other city officials. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 6 for the setting of a preliminary hearing date. Abrams is one of the most prominent Hahn donors whose contributions became an issue. Over the years, he contributed more than $336,000 to Hahn campaigns. Abrams has paid fines and penalties of $270,000 to the city Ethics Commission. In another case involving money-laundering allegations, prominent attorney Pierce O’Donnell has pleaded not guilty to charges that he reimbursed workers and associates $25,500 for contributions to Hahn’s successful 2001 mayoral campaign. — Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
New Zealand 6 Solomon Islands 1: Wood treble puts All Whites in play-off control Joe Wright 17:56 9/1/17 Getty Images Chris Wood scored a hat-trick as New Zealand beat the Solomon Islands 6-1 in their World Cup play-off tie. New Zealand took a step closer to the World Cup with a 6-1 first-leg win over the Solomon Islands in the Oceanic section play-off.Burnley striker Chris Wood scored a hat-trick to help the home side to a commanding victory in Auckland that puts them on the brink of progressing to the intercontinental tie in November.Wood converted from close range following a Ryan Thomas shot to put New Zealand ahead after 18 minutes, before he netted his second of the game nice minutes before half-time with a cool finish over goalkeeper Phil Mango. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Kosta Barbarouses’ powerful drive made it 3-0 three minutes later, and although Henry Fa’arado pulled one back from the penalty spot, Thomas combined well with Monty Patterson before firing home his side’s fourth.Michael McGlinchey scored a brilliant free-kick before Wood completed his hat-trick in injury time to cap a fine performance for Anthony Hudson’s side, who are now firm favourites to progress ahead of the second leg in Honiara on Tuesday.The winner of the tie will go on to face the fifth-place team from South American’s qualifying section in a final play-off tie to determine who will be at next year’s finals in Russia.#WCQ | FT New Zealand 6-1 Solomon IslandsImpressive All Whites seize initiative in OFC #WorldCup play-off https://t.co/SpQDWJq93q pic.twitter.com/vL9SjWFSIZ— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) September 1, 2017