Opting to plead guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter, 54-year-old Martin Salvadore was sent to prison for nine years’ after he appeared this morning before Justice Navindra Singh.
Salvadore, a father of eight, admitted that on October 16, 2014 in the county of Essequibo, he unlawfully killed Wilson James.
In presenting the facts, State Prosecutor Teriq Mohamed stated that on the day in question, James was at Salvadore’s house imbibing when they became involved in a fight.
During that time, the Prosecutor added, James picked up a bicycle bar and, in turn, Salvadore chopped him about the body with a cutlass. The prosecutor requested that the sentence reflect the nature and gravity of the offence.
During a plea in migration, attorney-at-law Mark Conway asked the court to consider his client’s age, and the fact that he pleaded guilty at the earliest time.
In the end, Justice Singh imposed a nine years’ sentence, and ordered that the prison authorities deduct the time Salvadore spent in pre-trial custody.