Co-convicts Ryan Ramoutar and Pream Badree outside the Programmes and Industry section of the Maximum Security Prison (MSP)
Youngest aunt of murder victim Samraj Wendell Rajkumar aka Skully, Shanty Singh, interjects during an interview at her brother’s Princes Town home.
Story by Dr. Sheila Rampersad Photography and Video by Michael A. London Shanty Singh, 51 and youngest aunt of Samraj Wendell Rajkumar aka Skully, was not meant to be interviewed.
On the morning of November 24 last year, when Behind the Crime: The Prison Interviews honoured its appointment with her brother, Primer Singh , she suddenly showed up.
It turned out that the day of the interview with Primer was a mere two days before the anniversary of Skully’s murder. One way or the other, feelings were bound to rise in the family still reeling from their sudden tragedy 16 years ago when Skully left home in the afternoon and never returned.
Co-convicts Ryan Ramoutar and Pream Badree outside the Programmes and Industry section of the Maximum Security Prison (MSP).
By the time she stormed our interview with Primer, she was livid with rage and battered by memories of her nephew and her sister, Skully’s mother.
“It was a very hurtful thing cause that was my sister first born and her only son and very, very hurtful. We couldn’t think about it. Had to shun it. But today we have to reminisce and since morning all the pain came back to us.”
Pull Quote “My sister was totally devastated. She did not even live to see justice.”
For Shanty, the pain multiplies. She lost her nephew and five years ago, her sister died of a heart attack before the trio of Ryan Ramoutar, Pream Badree and Hassan Hosein were convicted.
“My sister was totally devastated. She did not even live to see justice. She passed on five years ago. Couple years after he (Skully) died she was diagnosed with heart disease.”
Now, thoughts of the May 2021 release of the men who were teenagers when they killed her nephew haunt her. She throws her mind into the future, imagines them walking through the village, alive, free and happy. It is too much.
“These guys coming out and I can’t even begin to understand what drive them to do this thing. That was my nephew. A wonderful, kind person. When they come and if they have to live around here, I am so going to taunt those guys. I am going to call them killers and murderers and that is all I have to say.”
With that, she exited the interview as suddenly as she interrupted it.