The two men who were accused of killing Best/Plaintain Walk, West Coast Demerara resident, Javed Mohamed, 23, have
been sentenced to a combined 116 years in prison.
Their sentences were handed by Justice Navindra Singh at the Supreme Court in Georgetown on Thursday, following a unanimous decision by a 12-member panel of jurors finding them guilty for the offence of murder.
The two men, Christopher Singh, 21, called Chris, and his friend and co-accused Davindra Bushram,22, called “Bird Brains,” were sentenced 66 years and 50 years in prison respectively.
Singh was initially given 70 years for the murder but the Judge deducted four years for the time he spent in prison pending his trial.
His co-accused, Bushram, received a ten-year reduction from an original 60 year jail term; four years was taken off for the time he spent in prison awaiting trial and another six years because he did not inflict the injuries which led to the death of the victim.
The duo allegedly robbed and killed Mohamed following a floodlight cricket match at the Better Hope Community Centre Ground, East Coast Demerara on September 11, 2010.
At the opening of the trial State Prosecutor Judith Gildharie-Mursalin told the court that on the night of the incident, the two accused and the victim were among spectators at a cricket match at the Better Hope Community Centre Ground, when one of the accused (Singh) got into an argument with the victim.
Mrs. Mursalin related that shortly after midnight the men left the cricket match and they were on the public road where Mohamed was holding a piece of wood in his hand to defend himself from thieves.
The Prosecutor said that Singh approached him and drew a knife from under the wrapped T-shirt and started to stab Mohamed, as Bushram reached for the piece of wood which the victim had held and began hitting him with it.
The victim was later picked up from the side of the road and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)
where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
A Post Mortem examination revealed that Mohamed had died as a result of haemorrhage and shock due to multiple stab wounds.
The two accused were represented by Attorneys- at- Law George Thomas and Raymond Ali.
Upon hearing the verdict, Singh spat on Attorney- at –Law, Raymond Ali, took off his tie and threw it at the jury before cursing the policemen who tried to control him.
“I did not kill nobody,” Singh stood and told the court after he was given a chance to speak.
Bushram implored the court to be lenient with him and give him a second chance. He claimed that while he was incarcerated he opted to change his life by becoming involved in a lot of religious courses.
“Everyone deserves a second chance…People make mistakes in life and they deserve a chance,” he said.
However, Prosecutor Mursalin asked the court to show the men the same mercy that they shown to the victim the night he was killed.
The courtroom was crowded with relatives of the deceased, all of whom had pictures of his face pinned to their clothing. Mohamed’s relatives expressed gratitude to the State Prosecutor and the Jury for the outcome of the trial.
They said that they were satisfied at the manner in which justice was served.
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