Sunday, January 21, 2018

Update: Doctor granted bail in baby manslaughter case

Dr. Ronald Budhooram

Dr Ronald Budhooram appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates' Court on Thursday in charged with manslaughter, in relation to the July 1 death of a newborn male born to Cindy Sooknanan.

He was denied bail and told of his right to make a bail application before a judge in chambers.

Shortly after, his attorneys Subhas Panday, Petranilla Basdeo and Kiran Panday went before a judge and successfully argued for bail to be granted. Justice Carla Browne-Antoine granted bail of $250,000.

Budhooram, 60, of Gopaul Lands, Marabella, was charged on Wednesday, following advice received from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul.

According to the police, Sooknanan, 22, of Sewlal Trace, Fyzabad, who was seven months pregnant at the time, visited a doctor's office in San Fernando on June 30, where medicine was allegedly administered to her.

Police say that the next day she began having labour pains whilst at home and delivered a baby who later came to be known by the name Khemron Jorai. The child was later discovered dead in the freezer of a doctor's office on July 10.

Budhooram was charged by Corporal Shawn Mohammed of the Mon Repos Police Station.

The case against Dr Budhooram was adjourned to January 11.