AMARNAUTH Chand called “Desmond”, who in 2016, fatally stabbed his son in the chest with a cutlass, was on Tuesday sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter, the Guyana Chronicle has reported.
The sentence was handed down by Justice Navindra Singh in the Demerara High Court.
The judge started the sentence at a base of 25 years for manslaughter but deducted eight years for Chand’s plea and not wasting the court’s time and three years for his genuine display of remorse, according to the Chronicle.
Two years were also deducted as time served.
Justice Singh wished Chand good luck and encouraged him to participate in anger management courses that may be available in prison, so that he would become a better person, it was reported.
According to the Chronicle, before he was sentenced, Chand, who was in tears and displayed genuine regret and remorse, told Justice Navindra Singh that he was very sorry for what he did.
He begged the court for mercy. He told the court that, at the time of the incident, his son was 24 years old and he (Chand) was supposed to be a father to his children, the newspaper reported.
It quoted Chand, 49,as saying that he was supposed to be there for his wife and children but was incarcerated and he knew that his family was hurt by his actions.
He claimed that, in prison he had turned his life around and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour, the Chronicle said.
The court heard that on September 29, 2016 the accused and his wife were engaged in a heated argument over $300 and, as a result, the son, Mahesh Chand, gave his mother the sum in an effort to stop the row.
Mahesh’s action angered the accused, who concluded that his son was ‘siding with his mother’.
The father armed himself with a cutlass and inflicted a stab wound to the chest of his son.
The latter was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.