Hemraj Bramdeo, called ‘Rickey Scrawley,’ was sentenced to 14 years in jail for the 2016 killing of Wales Estate labourer, Dellon Bradford.
Bramdeo was sentenced by Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall at the Demerara High Court on Monday afternoon. He had admitted last month to unlawfully killing Bradford on March 23, 2016.
According to the prosecutor, on the day in question, the accused and the deceased were drinking at different homes on the same street in Patentia village, West Bank Demerara.
The deceased left where he was drinking at about 18:00h, and he was later seen arguing with a young woman on a dam in the village. This young woman was the daughter of the accused.
The accused and the daughter of the deceased had a physical altercation, and the accused intervened between the two and stabbed the deceased three times in his back, belly, and right armpit.
The accused then chased the deceased some distance, holding the knife in his hands but was pulled away by his granddaughter.
The deceased eventually fell to the ground and uttered to witnesses nearby, ‘is scrawly juk me’ three times. He was then taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital but was transferred to Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The Judge started Bramdeo’s sentence at 21 years and made a one-third deduction for his early guilty plea. The prison authorities will have to deduct the time spent on pre-trial.