Young Natasha Ramen, a recent Guyanese immigrant had her throat sliced open last Thursday in New York City. Her murderer is thought to be her real estate broker, a fellow Guyanese named Hemnant Megnath who allegedly raped her back in May of 2005.
Despite his indictment for first degree rape, a charge carrying a minimum sentence of five years in prison, Megnanth’s bail was never raised even after he threatened to kill members of Natasha’s family unless they gave up her whereabouts! He remained free for almost two years, free enough to lay in wait, grab and slash Natasha two weeks before she was scheduled to testify against him at trial.
Indigent, immigrant victims are vulnerable, sometimes unwilling to talk to police and testify against their attackers. Natasha, however, was ready, willing and able and never got the chance.
Why didn’t the Kings County District attorney’s office demand Megnath be thrown in jail after the threats began?
Why didn’t they bring this monster in for questioning?
Did anyone help Natasha or offer her sanctuary?
Did anyone follow up after the allegations of violence?
Her rape case and the phone threats were handled separately in two different counties and not much communication appears to have taken place. Whatever the reasons, huge caseloads, ignorance of the threats, Natasha is dead at 20 after two brutal years in New York because of a series of mistakes.
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