Phillip Jhagroo, called “Tanky,” has been sentenced to 18 years behind bars for the 2019 murder of Leguan labourer Mark Narine.
The sentence was imposed by Justice Brassington Reynolds at the High Court in Essequibo, following the return from the jury, of a verdict convicting Jhagroo on the capital charge.
The court heard that between March 30 and 31, 2019, at School Dam, Richmond Hill, Leguan, Jhagroo,50, formerly of Goed Intent, Region Three murdered Narine, called “Marko.”
After handing down the sentence, Justice Reynolds ordered prison authorities to deduct three years for the time the convict spent in custody awaiting trial.
Senior State Counsel Tiffini Lyken appeared for the prosecution while Attorney-at-Law Latchmie Rahamat represented Jhagroo.
Media reports are that on the day in question, Narine was on his way home when Jhagroo hit him off his motorbike and threw him overboard.
His remains were found the next day in a trench at Leguan. A Post-Mortem Examination (PME) later confirmed that the labourer died as a result of drowning.
The PME also found that he had been severely beaten, which was evident by the blunt trauma to his face and hands.
In 2020, Jhagroo and two other inmates escaped from the Lusignan Prison. Four months later, he was captured at Ruby, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), stealing chicken from a farm.