25 years imprisonment for youth found guilty of murder


Twenty-eight-year-old Junior Henry known as Oswald was on Friday sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the murder of Michael Hamilton, who was shot and killed six years ago at Sparendaam Squatting Area, East Coast Demerara (ECD).

Henry of Third Street, Goedverwagting, ECD was sentenced by Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the Demerara High Court; a 12-member mixed jury had found Henry guilty of the October 7, 2013 murder.

He was represented by Attorneys-at-law Lyndon Amsterdam and Latoya Roberts, while the State was represented by prosecutors Tiffini Lyken and Sarah Martin.

In a probation report which was read in court on Friday, Henry explained that he acted in self-defense and was armed with a cutlass.

He admitted that he lashed Hamilton with the cutlass and ran away, however he was shocked when he learnt that the man died from a gunshot wound.

Justice Bovell-Drakes sentenced Henry to 25 years imprisonment and told him that he would be eligible to parole after serving 15 years.

According to the Police, Hamilton was shot in the chest and was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The men reportedly had an ongoing feud over a woman, said to have been Henry’s girlfriend.



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