Rajesh Guyadeen, the 41-year-old man who was convicted of the 2003 murder of another man and sentenced to 70 years behind bars, has received a significant reduction in his sentence.
Following a trial before Justice Navindra Singh in 2018, Guyadeen was found guilty of the crime and was subsequently jailed. He, thereafter, appealed against his conviction, arguing inter alia, that the trial Judge admitted prejudicial evidence, and misdirected the jury.
Through Attorney-at-Law Brandon De Santos, he also contended that the jail sentence imposed on him was manifestly excessive and not in keeping with established sentencing guidelines.
In delivering its ruling on Wednesday, the Court of Appeal of Guyana unanimously affirmed Guyadeen’s conviction for the May 4, 2003, murder of 26-year-old Nandram Manohar.
The court, however, found that the jail time of 70 years imposed by the trial Judge was excessive and therefore reduced it to 22 years, minus the time already spent in custody.
The Bench comprised acting Chancellor of the Judiciary Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Justice of Appeal Dawn Gregory-Barnes and Justice of Appeal Rishi Persaud.
According to reports, Guyadeen called “Bricksman” was arrested some 11 years after the murder in 2014 upon his return from neighbouring Suriname.
The State, through Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Teshana James-Lake, had submitted that Guyadeen fatally stabbed Manohar called “Nando” in the abdomen after an altercation at a wedding house in Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD).