Some pedestrians walking down a street in Queens, New York, in the early hours of Monday morning came across a man hunched over something on the sidewalk, apparently sawing away at it, but after initially asking the man if he needed any assistance, they were horrified to discover that he was attempting to saw off the head of a dead woman.
According to the New York Post, the man was 50-year-old Prem Rampersaud, who had recently immigrated to the U.S. from Guyana. His victim was believed to have been his wife, who had been sent to the U.S. a year ahead of him and whom he had accused of cheating on him.
Rampersaud had reportedly waited until his wife left her job at a restaurant around midnight and confronted her on the street, striking and choking her before stabbing her numerous times with a knife and eventually attempting to decapitate her before being happened upon by the pedestrians.
The New York Daily News confirmed that the victim was Rampersaud’s wife, 46-year-old Rajwantie Baldeo, who had reportedly complained to friends and family about her husband and was seeking a divorce.
“My dad was a very bad person. My mom didn’t deserve to die like that,” explained Baldeo’s 30-year-old daughter Shalini Ronaldo Ramjiawan. “He would say things. He always threatened he would kill mom.”
Rampersaud was arrested by police for murder and criminal possession of a weapon just blocks away from where the horrific atrocity took place. He could receive 25 years to life in prison if convicted, according to Metro.
“This was an especially violent crime in which the defendant is accused of viciously taking the life of the woman he purportedly loved by repeatedly stabbing her following a heated verbal argument,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said. “If (the defendant is) convicted, her brutal and senseless death merits serious punishment.”
Hopefully this man will be held to account for the terrible crime he committed and never walk the streets again, confined to prison for the rest of his miserable life — which is still a better deal than the one he gave his wife.
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