Labourer who chopped neighbour with cutlass jailed for three years


“I keeping to myself to avoid another situation like this,” were the words of a man before he was sentenced to three years imprisonment on a wounding charge.

Royen Singh, 31, a labourer, of 37 Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on October 29, 2021, at Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Chris Balkaran. 

Facts presented by the court prosecutor stated that on the day in question, Singh entered Balkaran’s yard. The court heard that the victim told Singh to leave his yard.

Shortly after Balkaran went to lock his gate when he was approached by Singh who dealt him several lashes with a cutlass before making good his escape.

The court heard that the victim received several chops to his hands, back, and the side of his head. The injured man was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted as a patient.

The matter was then reported to the Police and Singh was later arrested and charged. The Prosecutor further went on to tell the court that Balkaran also sustained a broken right hand.

Singh in addressing the court stated, “I look at it as self-defense. I keeping to myself to avoid another situation like this.”  In the end, he was sentenced to serve time in prison.


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