The trial into the brutal murder of 45-year-old United States-based Guyanese trader, Samantha Benjamin commenced on Tuesday at the Georgetown High Court.

Benjamin’s dismembered body was found at the Annandale foreshore, East Coast Demerara in 2015.

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Twenty-five-year old Imran Ramsaywack known as ‘Kevin Jones’, ‘Coolie Boy’ and ‘Ramsa’, of Adelphi Village, East Canje, Berbice appeared before Justice Sandil Kissoon and a 12-member jury.

He denied the indictment which alleged that he murdered the businesswoman between 25-26, 2015.

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Ramsaywack is represented by Ravindra Mohabir while the State is represented by Prosecutors Abigail Gibbs and Mandel Moore.

The trial is ongoing and several witnesses are expected to testify.

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Benjamin, a United States citizen, was the proprietor of a boutique in the Vendor’s Mall on Water Street.

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Her dismembered body was found at the foreshore on the morning of March 26. The head, legs and arms were found later at the foreshore after the water receded.

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