…to stand trial next MondaySudesh Rambhajue will next Monday answer to allegations that he attempted to murder his father-in-law, Latchman Narine Persaud, on September 18, 2015 at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo.Accused: Sudesh RambhajueRambhajue had been charged with felonious wounding committed on Narine Persaud, but at Tuesday’s arraignment before Justice Brassington Reynolds at the Demerara High Court, he denied both counts.The defendant did not have legal representation, but the court nevertheless empanelled the matter, giving the accused almost one week to obtain the services of an attorney to defend him in court.Rambhajue told the court he could not afford to retain an attorney and requested that the State provide representation for him. However, the court’s view was that such charges do not necessarily require the State to provide legal counsel.Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial is leading the State’s case, and is assisted by fellow attorneys Narissa Leander and Tiffini Lyken.It was previously reported that Narine Persaud claimed to have been attacked by the suspect after he had asked him to move out from his house. However, 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 the man became annoyed, and stabbed him before fleeing the scene.Several witnesses are expected to testify when the matter is heard next week.
BURBANK – The Burbank City Council was expected to vote Tuesday night to send a letter to Los Angeles officials, urging them to reject a plan to tunnel under the exclusive Rancho Equestrian neighborhood for a six-mile, $150 million sewer line. Echoing concerns of residents, Burbank officials said in the proposed letter that they are “adamantly opposed” to the Burbank-Glendale Interceptor Sewer North Alignment, saying construction would be disruptive to life along Riverside and Valley Heart drives in Burbank. “The environmental impact that a project of this magnitude would create is heartbreaking,” said Bonnie Sachs, 57, an interior designer who lives off Griffith Park Drive and keeps a horse in her backyard. “Not only would the long construction process be ridiculously impactful with dirt, traffic, noise, structural problems and (foul) odor… but the safety of horses, riders and people in the vicinity of construction would be severely compromised,” Sachs told the council Tuesday evening. If approved, Burbank’s letter would be part of the input L.A. officials are seeking through Feb. 27 for a final environmental impact report on a 20-year blueprint for treatment plant expansions, added water recycling and new sewers. L.A. officials are expected to present the final EIR for City Council approval this summer. The sewer lines – some more than 50 years old – badly need replacement, especially since the flow of waste is expected to increase 20 percent over the next two decades as the population grows, L.A. officials said. They hope to begin construction on the Burbank section by 2010. Officials have two plans for sewer line routes through Burbank – one that would require workers to install eight-foot diameter reinforced concrete pipes underground in and near the Rancho neighborhood, the other that would snake under nonresidential areas along Zoo and Forest Lawn drives parallel to the L.A. River near the edge of Griffith Park. In the proposed letter, Burbank officials raised concerns about increased noise and traffic, odor and an increase in nighttime lighting by construction crews that could last for up to three years. The letter also expressed concerns about the impacts on native coast live oak, and California black walnut and sycamore trees at Bette Davis Park. “We will find and we will choose the alignment which will have the least impact to the community and the environment,” said Adel Hagekhalil, division manager of wastewater engineering for the city of L.A. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 email@example.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!