Teacher charged in death of 13 year old student in Jamaica
A Trinidadian school teacher in Jamaica and a former medical student have been charged in connection with the murder of a 13-year-old girl whose skeletal remains were found soaking in caustic acid last month.
The teacher, 27-year-old Sanju Maharaj, faces a murder charge; while Lenardo Madden, a 19-year-old former student at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, is accused of being an accessory to the murder of Shanoya Wray—Maharaj’s former student—after the fact, as well as misprision of a felony.
The two were remanded to prison when they appeared in court yesterday. They return to court on September 10.
It is alleged that Maharaj—who appeared in court last year, accused of having sex with Wray—killed the teenager and then used chemicals to destroy the body.
Wray reportedly left her home on July 15 without her relatives’ knowledge and five days later her remains were found at Maharaj’s home.
At the time of Wray’s death Maharaj had a sexual offense matter in which she was the complainant stemming from allegations that she was found at his home last October.
Maharaj is being represented by Queens Counsel Tom Tavares- Finson, Donahue Martin and Norman Manley.
Madden is represented by Peter Champagne and Kemar Robinson.