Far Rock man gets up to 32 years in prison for rape, perjury

112311,Jerry Ramrattan at his verdict, guilty on all counts at kew gardens court. He sits with his attorney Frank Kelly. photos ellis kaplan
Photo by Ellis Kaplan
By Rebecca Henely

Former Far Rockaway resident Jerry Ramrattan will be spending a minimum of 24 years behind bars for raping his ex-girlfriend Seemona Sumasar and enacting an elaborate scheme to frame her, but his victim said she still feels threatened by him.

“Without a doubt I believe Ramrattan would stop at nothing, even my life,” Sumasar said.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter Wednesday sentenced Ramrattan to 27 1/3 to 32 years in prison for rape, three counts of perjury, two counts of conspiracy, one count of tampering with a witness and three counts of falsely reporting an incident.

He also was ordered to pay thousands in fees and will be eligible for parole after 24 years, when he will be subject to 10 years of post-release supervision.

Ramrattan was convicted in November of raping Sumasar in the basement of her Far Rockaway home, where he was allowed to live in March 2009. The jury also found Ramrattan guilty of threatening one person and paying two others to lie and say Sumasar and another one of her ex-boyfriends, Vishnanauth “Elvis” Bandhu, had robbed them in Queens and Nassau counties in 2009 and 2010.

As a result of these false accusations, Sumasar was held in Nassau County prison for almost seven months in 2010.

Speaking at his sentencing, Ramrattan maintained his innocence.

“I accept what happened to me today, but I know by no means it’s over,” Ramrattan said.

Reach reporter Rebecca Henely by e-mail at rhenely@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4564.

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