A miner who murdered his friend in the Puruni Backdam in 2016, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Thursday, and was sentenced to twelve years’ imprisonment, after he appeared before Judge Sandil Kissoon in the Suddie High Court.
The accused, 30-year-old Devon Duncan, appeared before Justice Kissoon charged with the lesser offence of manslaughter. He killed Clint Peters on August 8, 2018 at Jackass Island, Puruni River.
The court heard that on August 8, 2016, both the accused and the deceased were drinking alcohol at the Rohani Mining Camp, Puruni River. Duncan in a section of his caution statement said, “Me and Clinton, we went drinking high wine all day at our work camp at Selene Rohani mining camp at Puruni River.
While we were drinking the High Wine, Clinton Peters, told me that I must watch myself. I didn’t ask him what he meant by that because I understand that to mean that he want to do me something bad.”
The accused then went to the mining camp kitchen, returned with a knife and hammer, and dealt one deadly stab wound to the deceased. Clinton was pronounced dead on arrival at the Bartica Hospital and the accused was subsequently taken into custody.
While deliberating on a suitable penalty, Judge Kissoon noted that the accused’s probation report was favorable. He expressed remorse, and a single stab wound was reflected in the postmortem report as the cause of death.
The Judge also pointed out that a third of the 25 years was deducted on the basis of the accused’s guilty plea. On the basis of his remorse on the other hand, two years were deducted. Three years were also deducted for the time spent behind bars since his arrest.
After careful deliberation, the accused was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.
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