Teacher sentenced to over 30 years for sexual assault, murder of 13-y-o

KINGSTON, Jamaica— A Kingston teacher has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for sexual assault and murder of a 13-year-old girl.

Sanju Maharaj, who was charged with the killing of 13-year-old Shanoya Wray, was sentenced on Thursday in the Home Circuit Court.

Shanoya's remains were discovered inside Maharaj's bathtub on Walley Close, Kingston 6 on Friday, July 20, 2018. Maharaj had poured caustic soda and other chemicals on her body, causing it to deteriorate rapidly.

Maharaj plead guilty to and was sentenced as follows:

- having sexual intercourse with a person under 16 (4 counts) - 12 years imprisonment.

- murder- 21 years imprisonment;

- trying to dispose of a corpse- two years in prison at hard labour.

The sentences are to run consecutively.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login


  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy