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Essequibo man jailed for 10 years for killing wife

Updated: May 27, 2022

Dead - Farida Khayum

Davenand Narine was today sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the 2019 killing of his reputed wife at her Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast home.

Narine, a father of three and a stepfather of six, was on trial before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Essequibo High Court for the capital offence of murder.

However, he opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter, thereby admitting that on May 16, 2019, at Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast, he unlawfully killed 39-year-old Farida Khayum.

The state was represented by Prosecutor Tiffini Lyken, while attorney-at-law Latchmi Dindyal represented Narine.

During his sentencing hearing, a probation report submitted by Probation Officer David Schultz revealed that Narine is a well-behaved prisoner who has since been baptised.

When asked if he would like to address the court, a remorse Narine said, “I would like to apologise for my actions which have caused the loss of a life.”

Convicted killer - Davanand Narine

He continued, “I should have walked away. But at the time, it was so hard after seeing my wife with another [man]. I would like to say sorry to my family. May the Lord have mercy upon me through this court…”

Meanwhile, the dead woman’s sons have cried for justice for their mother while noting that they have been facing a series of depression since the incident.

The woman’s youngest son stated that he would never forget what he saw and that he constantly remembers the incident.

In handing down her sentence, Justice Barlow considered that the crime stemmed from a domestic dispute, and alcohol played a role.

As such, the convicted killer was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, from which the prison authority was ordered to deduct the time he had already spent in pre-trial custody.

Justice Barlow further ordered that he undergo counselling tailored for persons convicted of violent crimes.

Moreover, she asked that the woman’s children be exposed to counselling since she believes that closure will not come until they are at a place where they can accept the loss of their mother.

Reports state that on the day in question, Narine and his 39-year-old wife were involved in a heated argument in the kitchen area of their home. He reportedly armed himself with a knife and stabbed his wife about her body, including her neck.

Subsequently, the woman was rushed to the Suddie hospital, where she later died.

When the Police arrived at the scene, they found Narine in an unconscious state, with an empty bottle suspected of having contained a poisonous substance nearby.


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