A 34-year-old miner who admitted that he chopped another man to death was this morning handed a sentence of 12 years after pleading guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.
Initially indicted for murder, Mark Cream, a father of two, admitted before Justice Navindra Singh in the High Court that on December 1, 2013, in the county of Essequibo, he unlawfully killed Terry Henry, called Terrence Henry.
State Prosecutor, Teriq Mohamed, told the court that, on the day in question, the two men were involved in a fight during which Cream armed himself with a cutlass and chopped Henry about the body.
During his address to the court, Cream said that he is deeply sorry for his actions. After considering the circumstances of the case, his early guilty plea, and other factors, Justice Singh imposed the 12 year custodial sentence.
Justice Singh further ordered that the time Cream spent on remand be deducted from the sentence.
Attorney-at-law Mark Conway appeared for Cream. This matter was heard at the High Court in Georgetown.