Kitty resident found guilty of murder

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Shawn Harris called “Shawny” was on Monday afternoon found guilty by a 12-member jury of the murder of Sunil Singh called ‘Grey’ which occurred in the vicinity of the Blue Martini nightclub in Kitty, Georgetown in 2017.

The 32-year-old former mason of Pike Street, Kitty, Georgetown was on trial before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Demerara High Court.

The jury found Harris guilty of the charge which read that on February 5, 2017, at Owen Street, Kitty he murdered Singh by stabbing him to death.

Harris was represented by attorney-at-law Maxwell McKay while the State was represented by prosecutors Shawnette Austin and Sarah Martin.

The Attorney did not make an application for a probation report but asked for the court to go straight into sentencing since his client has been on remand for almost three years.

According to McKay, if Harris is given a chance he can change his ways with remedial training and anger management.

However, Prosecutor Austin said that based on prison service records, this would be Harris’ third conviction.

The case is adjourned to January 16, 2020, when Harris will be sentenced.

Reports had indicated that three men wanted to enter the Blue Martini nightclub even though it was closed when a fight erupted.

It is reported that the victim intervened and tried to make peace when he was beaten to the head by Harris.

The victim ran away but was pursued by Harris who stabbed him several times.

Harris was released from prison in 2016  after serving a sentence on a drug charge; he was also charged in connection with the Bank of Baroda robbery committed at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara on January 22, 2016.

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