About face: Ramsaran testifies on his own behalf

NORWICH — Despite saying he did not want to take the stand in his own defense in Chenango County Court Wednesday, alleged murderer Ganesh R. Ramsaran opted to testify Thursday.

Ramsaran provided the jurors some of his personal background, telling them he was born Amsterdam in the Netherlands and moved to the Bronx in New York at the age of 12.

The defendant recalled his high school years playing various sports, including football, lacrosse and wrestling. Based on his shorter stature, he said he had to play with no fear and show that he could perform with the larger or taller athletes.

This is when he said he acquired various nicknames: G-man, G, Captain G-man and #1 were some that the defendant recalled. His favorite, he said, was Psycho. “I was the smallest out there. I was always playing hard,” said Ramsaran. He said he owns jackets with the nickname embroidered on them, jackets he said Jennifer Ramsaran wore “all the time.”

Ramsaran was charged by the government with second degree murder for allegedly killing his wife, Jennifer Ramsaran.

He said the nickname just stuck, and when asked by his defense attorney Gilberto Garcia if he had ever been violent or charged with assault or a domestic violence charge, Ramsaran said no.

Ramsaran explained to the jury how he met, and later fell in love with Jennifer. He provided a synopsis of their relationship and why they moved their family to New York from Arizona in 2006. The defendant said he and Jennifer purchased their New Berlin home because the Unadilla Valley Central School was a “fantastic school,” and the two have three children.

Throughout Ramsaran’s testimony, McBride objected incessantly, often being sustained by Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr.

Garcia asked his client if he was nervous.

“Extremely,” said Ramsaran. “I’m here fighting for my life.”

Garcia, McBride, and Revoir all told Ramsaran at various points — in different manners — to quiet down and answer only the question asked. McBride’s questions came in the form of objections, stating that Ramsaran was not directly responding to the question and was continuing to talk after the answers were said. The defendant was reminded multiple times that he is not allowed to say what anyone has ever told him; he can only testify as to what he himself said, did, or felt (if deemed relevant by the court).

Garcia tried to calm his client as he was visibly emotional a number of times and began speaking out of turn.

“Are you a person who talks more than he should?” asked Garcia.

“Absolutely,” said Ramsaran after apologizing to the jury for continuing to speak after answering the previous question — a question that was related to the duties of his employment.

Ramsaran discussed various vacations the family took in the year 2012. Some trips included the “whole family,” which he said included Eileen Sayles and her children. Ramsaran has admitted numerous times to having an affair with Sayles, the victim’s best friend.

“I should have never had the affair,” said Ramsaran. “It should have been done differently.”

Asked Garcia, “Did you lie to your wife?”

“Absolutely,” said Ramsaran. “Yes I did. I felt very guilty.”

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