NORWICH — Testifying against her own personal wishes, the former mistress of Ganesh R. Ramsaran described her nearly one-year affair in lurid detail Monday at the Chenango County Courthouse.
Six witnesses for the prosecution took the stand Monday in the trial of Ganesh R. Ramsaran, who is facing 25 years to life if the jury finds him guilty. According to the prosecution, Ramsaran killed his wife in late 2012.
Eileen Sayles, the woman named a “material witness” in the case, took the stand for at least three hours to recount her affair with Ramsaran who is charged with second degree murder in the death of his wife, Jennifer Ramsaran. In addition to Sayles, Jennifer Ramsaran’s mother, law enforcement employees involved in the case, and other individuals testified in the sixth day of the trial.
Sayles, the victim’s best friend and the woman the defendant had been sleeping with for approximately a year, became emotional a number of times during her testimony.
Sayles was arrested nearly a month and a half ago for criminal contempt for ignoring a summons compelling her to testify. “I don’t know your rules,” said Sayles to Garcia. “They came to my work in front of my coworkers … I just walked away.”
She was subpoenaed by the DA’s office.
Sayles said she had become friends with Jennifer in 2006 through their participation with the Girl Scouts.
Sayles said she began talking to Ramsaran on Facebook about quitting smoking, getting healthier, and he offered to let her use their gym in the basement.
Prior to 2012, Sayles said she didn’t have too much contact with the defendant. She estimated it was near February, 2012, when Ramsaran began coming down into the basement of the Ramsaran’s home to chit-chat while the friends worked out.
According to Sayles, Jennifer had a part-time job and when Jennifer wasn’t home, Sayles would go over. “We would have relations usually at the house when she wasn’t home,” she said.
Sayles said when Ramsaran would go to run in marathons, the family would usually go as whole. There were three or four occasions she said when Ramsaran would go on his running trips alone, and Jennifer would take care of the children.
When McBride asked Sayles about her relationship with Jennifer, she broke into tears and said, “We were close. I saw her every day.”
She then explained how the affair with Ramsaran began. “I was down in the basement and Jennifer was running late,” Sayles said. “I don’t recall completely how it happened. Remy came downstairs. He asked me if he could kiss me. He did.” She said they did not have sexual relations at that time.
McBride asked how often Ramsaran was interested in sexual relations with her. “All the time,” said Sayles. She said the two communicated in a sexual manner all the time, and it continued through her best friend’s disappearance.
Sayles recalled that Ramsaran professed his love for her, but couldn’t remember if it was on the phone or via text. They additionally discussed divorcing their respective spouses.
During cross-examination, Sayles testified that Ramsaran said he would make sure Jennifer was taken care of financially when divorced and wouldn’t leave her with anything to worry about.
Sayles said her relationship with Jennifer never changed.
Sayles recalled that in 2012, Ganesh Ramsaran told her that she was strong enough to leave her husband, that she didn’t need him and she deserved better.