Man pleads guilty to 2017 Christmas Day murder of Sophia resident

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Bevon Griffith, called ‘Spooney’, on Monday pleaded guilty to the Christmas Day 2017 fatal stabbing of Sophia resident, Celwyn Allen.

Griffith, formerly of Pike Street, Kitty, was arraigned before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Demerara High Court for the capital offence of murder.

However, Griffith opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter and admitted that on December 25, 2017, at ‘C’ Field, Sophia, he unlawfully killed Allen.

He was represented by Attorney Ravindra Mohabir, while the state was represented by Sarah Martin.

Justice Barlow deferred sentencing until November 11.

According to reports, on the day in question, Allen was walking through the community with his girlfriend. It is alleged Allen was attacked by Griffith, who was armed with a knife.

After attacking Allen and his girlfriend, Griffith fled the scene but was later arrested.

Allen was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.  It is alleged that the incident stemmed from an altercation Allen had with a friend of Griffith.

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