Oct 16, 2015 News
A mixed 12-member jury yesterday found Andrew Albert guilty on the lesser count of manslaughter before Justice Navindra Singh, in the Georgetown High Court. Initially, Albert was charged with the 2010 murder of Nandlall Bhopat, a fisherman.
Albert was sentenced to 25 years jail for the August 10, 2010 killing of the 43 year-old man. Albert stabbed Bhopat during a row over a bicycle. The incident took place at a culvert corner at De Groot, Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara. Subsequent to the stabbing, Bhopat was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he died on August 13, 2010.
Attorney, George Thomas represented Albert throughout the trial. Thomas had submitted closing arguments to the court on Tuesday. He pointed out to the jury what he termed obvious loopholes in the case. Thomas held that his client acted in self defence and urged the jury to find his client not guilty of the crime.
These submissions were made after Albert was called on to lead a defence. In his unsworn statement Albert had said that he is unable to read and write. As such, he said that he had no knowledge of a Caution Statement which was presented to the court. In her closing arguments State Prosecutor, Narissa Leander, pointed to the testimonies of witnesses whom she described as credible. Leander had outlined the testimony of the victim’s grandson, Amin Salim, whom is said to have witnessed the incident.
Salim reportedly saw Albert at the culvert with a knife in his hands and his grandfather standing nearby, with blood coming down from his side, back and shoulder.
Leander prosecuted the matter in association with State Attorney, Teeshana Lake.
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