Man accused of framing ex-girlfriend declines to testify

The man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend and then attempting to frame her for a string of robberies decided not to take the stand today.

QUEENS - The man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend and then attempting to frame her for a string of robberies decided not to take the stand today.

Yesterday, Jerry Ramrattan told his attorney, Frank Kelly, he was planning to testify, but today he informed the judge that he chose not to take the stand.

Kelly says based on the case presented by the prosecution, his client didn't need to testify.

"I don't think they have a strong case, and I've said that from the beginning," Kelly says. "Their case is based on liars and perjurers."

Ramrattan is accused of attempting to keep Seemona Sumasar from testifying in her rape case against him by paying off false witnesses to testify that they saw Sumasar rob people at gunpoint while being disguised as a cop.

The Far Rockaway mother spent nearly seven months in jail awaiting trial before an informant helped unravel Ramrattan's alleged scheme.

Ramrattan is facing more than a dozen charges, among them rape, perjury and conspiracy.

Closing arguments in the case are scheduled for Monday.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Nassau and Suffolk Police are intensifying patrols at 1 Stepped up patrols at places of worship after JCC threats
Big Daddy's in Massapequa has a celebration ready 2 LI Winter: Mardi Gras at Big Daddy's
3 Farmingdale State men's basketball headed to NCAA tourney
4 Tebow begins MLB dream in Mets spring training
The controversial Islandia casino opened for business Monday. 5 Jakes 58 casino opens in Islandia

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE