An Ozone Park man was convicted last week on charges that he robbed and murdered a man in a livery cab in 2010.
Alex Gobardhan, 22, was found guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree robbery and three counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property on July 24. His codefendant, livery cab driver Deevan Jagnarine of Jamaica, testified against Gobardhan and pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree robbery with the promise of a recommended sentence of 11 years in prison.
According to trial testimony, Gobardhan and Jagnarine assaulted Matadin Ramnarain, 58, while he was a passenger in Jagnarine’s cab on Aug. 16, 2010.
Ramnarain, who lived in Ozone Park, had been at a bar on 101st Avenue when a bartender called a cab to get him home safely at around 10:30 p.m. because he was intoxicated.
Less than an hour later, police received a call from a person who discovered Ramnarain lying unconscious in the vicinity of 89-12 Arion Road, a dead-end street near North Conduit Avenue just outside the schoolyard at MS 202 and near a heavily trafficked pedestrian bridge that leads to Lindenwood. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he died of cardiac arrhythmia due to cardiovascular disease along with blunt trauma to the head.
Prosecutors argued successfully that Gobardhan and Jagnarine, acting in concert, punched Ramnarian in the face and robbed him of his cell phone, wallet and a gold bracelet, then dumped him on Arion Road.
“This was a senseless crime in which an innocent victim was robbed of his wallet, cellphone, gold bracelet — and his life,” Queens DA Richard Brown said.
Gobardhan faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 14. Jagnarine will be sentenced Aug. 19.