Steve Allicock looked surprise as the Jury announced that he was found guilty of murdering Albouystown resident, Wendell Tappin, yesterday.
Tappin was stabbed to death on December 31, 2009 at Hill Street, Albouystown, after he went to collect a phone that he had given to someone to charge.
Reports indicated that Tappin was confronted by two men; one of them held him down while the other chopped him.
Steve Allicock, 35, of Albouystown, was one of the persons implicated in the slaughter. He remained on the run for five and a half years before he was captured. His father, Leonard, and his uncle Randolph, were charged with the murder.
Randolph Allicock never appeared before a Judge but after a lengthy High Court trial conducted by Justice Diana Insanally before a 12-member mixed Jury. Leonard Allicock was later acquitted of murder.
Over the past week, Steve Allicock faced trial before Justice Navindra Singh and a 12-member mixed Jury at the Georgetown High Court. The verdict was handed down at around 14:00 hours yesterday following a summation of the trial and deliberations by the jury.
Allicock was found guilty of the murder. The father of seven wore a surprised look on his face as the guilty verdict was announced. Moments earlier, Allicock was seen smiling as he made his way to the courtroom.
In his final address to the court before sentencing, Allicock maintained that he is innocent of the offence. “I was never around at the time of the incident.”
Attorney-at-Law, Maxwell Mc Kay told the court that his client, (Allicock) is not a trouble maker. “He had no previous convictions and is a model prisoner.” The lawyer asked the Court to show mercy in handing down the sentence.
Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy, who presented the case in association with State Attorneys Tamieka Clarke and Sita Bishundial, on the other hand asked the Court to consider that the deceased was just 23 years old when he lost his life at the hands of Allicock.
After considering submissions from both sides, the Judge ordered that Allicock serves 60 years in prison for the murder.
At this point, Allicock’s relatives who were present in court could not contain their emotions. Outside the courtroom, they registered their anguish and disappointment.
During the trial, the father of the deceased, Dan Tappin, told the court that he witnessed the incident which led to the death of his son. Tappin had maintained that it was Steve Allicock who committed the murder.
Natasha Tappin, the sister of the deceased, testified that she had visited the scene immediately after her brother was chopped.
Tappin recalled seeing her younger sibling lying in pool of blood on the road on the day of the incident.
The witness told the court she was quite emotional and as such she could not recall who was present at the time.
“All I know is that I see a crowd but all I can’t say who exactly went out there “
Allicock on the other hand told the court that he was not in the country at the time of the incident he was in Suriname.
Last week Police witness, Dharampaul Etwaroo, told the Court that Allicock had given an alibi after he was arrested for the 2009 killing.
The officer recalled that the father of the deceased had pointed out Steve Allicock as the person who stabbed and killed his son on December 31, 2009.
In response to murder allegations put to him, the policeman told the court that Allicock related that he had an alibi.
“He said, ‘Officer I was not in this country at the time. I was in Suriname.’”
As result, Detective Etwaroo said a confrontation was held between Allicock and the father of the deceased. During the confrontation with the father of the deceased, the officer recounted that Allicock repeated his statement.
Steve Allicock replied, “You never see me uncle, I was never around. I went to Suriname backtrack.”
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