13 years jail for gold miner who killed drinking buddy

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A 36-year-old miner was on Tuesday sentenced to 13 years imprisonment after he confessed to stabbing his drinking buddy Daniel George to death during an argument over a cigarette at a shop at Barakat Landing, Mazaruni River on October 16 2018.

Parsram Ramnauth, formerly of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, appeared before Justice Sandil Kissoon via Zoom to answer the charge of murder but he opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.

The incident occurred at Barakat Backdam.

The State was represented by Prosecutor Lisa Cave while Ramnauth was represented by Attorney-at-law Ravindra Mohabir.

According to a probation report, Ramnauth in 2006 was sentenced to three years imprisonment for drug trafficking and in 2007, he was sentenced to another six months imprisonment for inflicting grievous bodily harm.

As it relates to the 2018 incident, Ramnauth said he and George along with others were consuming alcohol together at a shop.

Ramnauth got into an argument with another co-worker identified as Intiaz Miguel about cigarettes and this led to the pelting of bottles.

Ramnauth claimed that he was eventually cornered by Miguel and his friends during which George got involved and was stabbed to death with a Rambo knife.

Meanwhile, George’s father told the Probation Officer that his son was a friendly, and respectable young man within the Zeelugt community on the East Bank of Essequibo.

The father said his son’s demise was painful.

The Probation Officer, in her conclusion, said that based on her findings, Ramnauth was provoked to anger by the witness Intiaz Miguel and George was the unfortunate victim in this incident.

Justice Kissoon sentenced Ramnauth to 13 years imprisonment after considering his early guilty plea.

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