Man admits to killing vagrant at Bourda Market

A 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the fatal stabbing of a vagrant, which occurred in September 2016.

Guilty: Marlon Garrett

Marlon Garrett, formerly of Albouystown, Georgetown, appeared before Justice Sandil Kissoon at the Demerara High Court on Wednesday.
Initially indicted for the capital offence of murder, Garrett, who was represented by Attorney-at-Law Ravindra Mohabir, opted to plead guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter.
He admitted to killing 34-year-old Omesh Chetram of Unity, East Coast Demerara (ECD), on September 11, 2016. Sentencing for Garrett has been deferred to June 9, 2022.
The case for the prosecution was led by Senior State Counsel Abigail Gibbs in association with State Counsel Taneisha Saygon and State Counsel Muntaz Ali.
Police Headquarters had reported that the killing took place between Bourda and Alexander Streets, Georgetown. It was reported that Garrett had accused Chetram of stealing items from his parent’s stall in the Bourda Market. They eventually got into an argument during which Garrett whipped out a knife and stabbed Chetram in the lower abdomen before escaping. Chetram was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital. (G1)