Father who killed son jailed for 20 years

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A 46-year-old father was on Tuesday sentenced to 20 years imprisonment after he confessed to the 2018 brutal killing of his 21-year-old son who was at the time trying to rescue his mother from a beating.

Mohan Sookdeo called Wine of Foulis, East Coast Demerara was charged for the capital offence of murder but opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter when he appeared before Justice Sandil Kissoon at the Georgetown High Court.

He admitted that on September 8, 2018, at Foulis, East Coast Demerara murdered his son Satesh Sookdeo.

The younger Sookdeo met his gruesome death when he tried to save his mother who was being choked and assaulted.

Sookdeo and another sibling intervened and the father allegedly broke a louvre and fatally stabbed him to stomach.

Maxwell McKay, the attorney for the father, made a plea of mitigation and told the court that his client is remorseful.

State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy told the court that Mohan brought his son into the world and he was also the one that took him out.

The Prosecutor explained that the crime stemmed from domestic violence and that the defendant was an alcoholic who abused his family.

Vashani Sookdeo, the sister of the deceased, gave an impact statement in court.

She explained that her family is still mourning the loss of her sibling.

“He is my father and I love him, but he has to face the consequences,” Vashani told the court as she broke down in tears.

Justice Kissoon explained that the case was disturbing and he told the court that Satesh rescued his mother and lost his life by doing so.

The Judge considered the savage and brutal act of domestic violence in which a son was killed by the hands of his own father.

Justice Kissoon sentenced Sookdeo to 20 years imprisonment and ordered that the prison authorities deduct the time the convict spent in pre-trial custody from the sentence.

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