Man awaits sentencing after confessing to Bourda Market fatal stabbing

Twenty-one-year-old Marlon Garrett on Wednesday confessed to the 2016 fatal stabbing of 34-year-old Omesh Chetram of Unity, East Coast Demerara (ECD).

Garrett, who was charged with the crime when he was just 17, appeared before Demerara High Court Judge Sandil Kissoon on Wednesday morning.

Initially indicted for the capital offence of murder, Garrett, formerly of Campbell Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.

He thereby admitted to killing the man on September 11, 2016, at Robb Street, Bourda, Georgetown.

Sentencing for the confessed killer has been adjourned to June 9. Justice Kissoon ordered that a probation report be compiled on the convict as well as a psychological evaluation.

The convict is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Ravindra Mohabir while Senior State Counsel Abigail Gibbs, State Counsel Taneisha Saygon and State Counsel Muntaz Ali are appearing for the prosecution.

Police Headquarters said that the killing occurred sometime between 23:30h on September 10, 2016, and 01:30h on September 11, 2016.

Investigations revealed that Chetram who was reportedly a drug addict, and Garrett, were involved in a heated argument at Bourda Market. The argument ensued after Garrett accused Chetram of stealing items from his parent’s stall in the Bourda Market. During the argument, Garrett stabbed Chetram to his lower abdomen before escaping.

The injured man was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital while Garrett was later arrested and prosecuted.