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U.S national granted bail on Manslaughter charge

Nihit Gurram was escorted to court by a police officer in plain clothes

22-year old American Nihit Gurram made his first court appearance in Grenada Monday after he was charged with Manslaughter in connection with the death of Siri Vaishnavi Mantena who is believed to have been his female companion.

Gurram and the 22-year old Indian woman were staying at the Raddison hotel on the Grand Anse beach when her body was found in the swimming pool on March 17.

The suspect who is a Behavioral Therapist from California, appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Francine Foster flanked by defense attorneys Anselm Clouden and Arley Gill where the charge of Manslaughter by Unlawful Harm for causing the death of Vaishnavi who is a student from India, was formally read to him.

He was granted bail in the sum of EC$100, 000.00 with two sureties and with special conditions imposed by the Magistrate.

Gurram, who had already voluntarily surrendered his passport and other travel documents to the Police was requested not to leave the State without permission, as well as to report to the South St George Police Station every Monday and Friday between the hours of 6.00 a.m and 6.00 p.m.

He is due back in court on July 30, 2024.

Attorney Gill told reporters after the brief hearing that the defense lawyers are waiting on the police for disclosure in the matter in order to plot the way forward in the case.

He expressed concern about the autopsy report from the medical doctor who examined the body and indicated that once they get a copy they plan to hand it over to their own medical experts to look carefully at it.

Police prosecutors in court did not object to the request made for bail by the lawyers.

The court was told that Gurram will be residing at an apartment complex at True Blue while on bail.

He was due to begin medical studies at St George’s University (SGU) in August.

THE NEW TODAY understands that prior to the discovery of the body in the pool, workers at the hotel had reported seeing the two often engaged in heated arguments.

Vaishnavi had also confided in some hotel workers that her mother was not even aware that she had travelled to Grenada.

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