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Trinidad Express:-  Christopher Henry has been sentenced to five years and ten months in prison for the death of a homeless man 17 years ago.

Defence attorney Subhas Panday said his client who was then 28 years, reacted after the deceased, David Duncan, almost attacked his wife and child with a bottle.

State attorney Trevor Jones said Duncan had mental issues and would threaten members of the public.

He said it was “one of the rare cases where a non-custodial sentence is justice.”

Panday also petitioned for a non custodial sentence.

Justice Hayden St Clair Douglas disagreed with them both.

He said Henry took a life that day.

On July 19 2001, Henry had just lit a cigarette for Duncan and gave him money before Duncan walked away.

Henry’s wife was walking in the opposite direction, along Coffee Street, having collected their two-year-old daughter from kindergarten.

Duncan picked up a bottle and attempted to hit Henry’s wife and also cursed her. They were about 25 feet away from Henry when this happened. Henry’s common law wife explained to him the incident. Panday said his client “flew in a fit of rage and he went after the deceased.”

He picked up a piece of wood and hit Duncan more than once, including on his hand and foot. There were nails on the piece of wood and these punctured Duncan’s important arteries. He died from four stab/incised wounds.

ASP Archibald charged Henry with manslaughter.

Henry is now 45 years old of Vistabella. He has since had three other children and became a plumber. He was sentenced to five years and 10 months with hard labour before the San Fernando second Court.

Panday siad the sentence will be appealed.