An East Canje, Berbice man was on Monday sentenced to 18 years in jail for raping a teenage boy. The act was committed after the labourer had tied the teen’s hands behind his back.Mahadeo Ramnarine, also called “Dougla”Mahadeo Ramnarine, also called ‘Dougla,’ 48, of East Canje, committed the act on August 14, 2010. The prosecution contended that on that day, the 13-year-old victim was sent by his mother to collect milk, and on his way home, Ramnarine, who was under a tamarind tree, ran towards him and pulled him into the bushes and told him that he has something to give him.Ramnarine reportedly then drugged and raped the teen. Following the incident, the teen was found by an elderly woman who went to pick tamarind. He was taken to the Police station, and reported that Ramnarine and another man had committed the act on him. The teenager reported that he fell unconscious when the second man raped him. The teen, in his testimony, told the court that Ramnarine told him that since he was bleeding he could not keep him alive because he was going to report the incident.He said he felt he was going to die, but the elderly woman who found him saved his life.Ramnarine was found guilty of the act by a mixed Berbice jury. In a probation report on Ramnarine, which was ordered by the court, Probation and Welfare Officer Judith Vankennie told the court that the accused was previously placed before the Reliance Magistrate’s’ Court on an assault charge and was fined $15,000. He was also previously charged for abusive language and felonious wounding, but those charges were dismissed.Speaking about the victim, Vankennie said he admitted that the incident affected him greatly, and he is now unable to think positively.According to the teen’s parents, since the incident, he has suffered a mental breakdown, and as a result, they took him to the National Psychiatric Hospital to receive treatment.In handing down sentence, Justice Brassington Reynolds said it was a violent and heinous crime.He noted that the accused showed no remorse, and continued to deny the act; hence the 18-year jail term was imposed.The State’s case was presented by Attorney at Law Tuanna Hardy.Ramnarine was unrepresented.
TEMPE, Ariz. — You did not have to be a coach, player or scout to see that John Brown was not himself in 2016.The speedy receiver who a season prior reached the 1,000-yard mark played in 15 games, but caught just 39 passes for 517 yards and two touchdowns, all of which were career lows.Given what he was dealing with, it is tough to blame him.Brown had been hampered by hamstring issues, which then led to a blood test that revealed he carried the sickle-cell trait. After finally getting that under control yet with him still not feeling great, a cyst was discovered on the receiver’s spine. “It was real hard because I just wasn’t the same towards people,” he said. “Kind of being dry and you know, it wasn’t just the cyst — I was done with everything. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t lift.”Nowadays he feels “great all around,” with no fatigue or weakness and has declared himself back to normal.Brown did not have to say it, though.“He doesn’t look like he looked like last year,” Palmer said. “He just has a different energy about him, he’s heavier, he’s stronger. He looks more explosive than he did last year.”Palmer added it appears Brown is enjoying football again, which was understandably not the case last season.“I’m looking forward to having him back healthy and the way he is right now, because he’s a special player for us,” the QB said. “Dealing with all the things he did last year was tough emotionally — obviously physically — but he just seems emotionally in a better place.”Brown said he started feeling normal within a day of having the cyst removed, and he realized he was past the ailments when a couple weeks later he was able to run around with his daughter, which is something he had struggled to do. He was even able to take her to Disneyland, which required plenty of walking around.“I walked around for four hours without complaining, so that’s when I really knew I was back to normal,” he said.It was like a real-life fairy tale.The key now is for Brown to stay healthy, which he said comes down to taking care of his body more and praying the cyst does not return.“I couldn’t get it going,” he said of last year. “I’m just thankful. God put me in the right situation at the right time with the right people, the coaches and the trainers, they were on it heavy and they found out the situation and once the cyst got removed, I was back to normal like in 24 hours.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 20 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Receiver John Brown fields a punt during an OTA practice Tuesday, May 16. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) It has since been removed and, just like that, he was back.“Smoke looks like John Brown,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday following the team’s first organized team activity practice. “A couple of those routes he ran, he did not run one route like that last year.“Just, he couldn’t. The smile on his face and him laughing — just knock on wood it stays that way.”Arians knocked his fist on the podium a couple of times in hopes Brown’s good fortune will continue.The better Brown is, the better Arizona’s offense will be.A third-round pick in 2014 out of Pittsburg State, Brown quickly emerged as a key target for QB Carson Palmer, one who could take the top off a defense as well as make big plays underneath. His longest reception in 2016 was for just 30 yards, and he eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark just once, in Week 4.“I feel better than before,” Brown said Tuesday. “I’m just ready to work and continue to prove myself.”There also seemed to be a sense of relief for Brown, who felt like he hurt the team last season. Even though the circumstances were beyond his control, not being the type of player — or person — he strives to be wore on him. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact