Angela Khan, this afternoon pleaded guilty to the 2014 unlawful killing of her 37-year-old friend whose lifeless body was found with a stab wound aback her home at South Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara. She appeared before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow, at the High Court in Demerara. This hearing was done via Zoom.
Initially indicted for murder, Khan opted to plead guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter, thereby admitting that on August 24, 2014, she unlawfully killed Bharrat Sugrim, a fish vendor.
Based on reports, on the day in question, Khan and her spouse, Dhaniram Seewah, were involved in a heated argument, which later escalated to a fight. At the time, Sugrim had visited the couple’s home. He attempted to intervene but was stabbed to the heart by Khan. He collapsed and was later rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead. At the time of the incident, Khan was under the influence of alcohol.
Justice Barlow said that a term of imprisonment of between 10 to 12 years was suited given the circumstances of this case. In that regard, she started Khan’s sentence at a base of 10 years and ordered that the prison authority deduct one-third of it for her early guilty plea and another six months for her expression of remorse.
State Counsel Teriq Mohammed appeared for the Prosecution, while Attorney-at-Law Latchmie Rahamat represented Khan.