Updated: May 27
A 39-year-old miner was on Tuesday sentenced to 14 years imprisonment after he confessed to fatally stabbing his drinking buddy in 2019.
Lexroy Garraway, called “Bam-Bam,” appeared before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Suddie High Court for the capital offence of murder. However, he opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.
He admitted that on May 23, 2019, at Takutu Landing, Puruni Road, Mazaruni River, he unlawfully killed Erick Nurse, called “Black-Boy.”
Justice Barlow started Garraway’s sentence at 20 years and made a one-third deduction for his early guilty plea.
As such, he will serve 14 years’ imprisonment, from which the prison authority was ordered to deduct the time he had already spent in pre-trial custody.
The State was represented by Prosecutor Tiffini Lyken, while attorney-at-law Latchmi Dindayal represented Garraway.
Reports are that Garraway and Nurse were drinking at Joanna’s shop at Takutu Landing on the day in question.
Garraway then went into the living quarters of one of the shop’s female employees and hid. When the startled shop assistant discovered him there, she raised an alarm. Nurse came to her rescue and pulled Garraway out of the living quarters.
The two friends then had an argument which resulted in a physical altercation. Garraway pulled out a knife and stabbed Nurse several times during the melee.
Nurse was rushed to the Bartica Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.