A 43-year-old man pleaded guilty to killing his 83-year-old bedridden father, Mohamed Sulaymon.
Alli Mohamed was arraigned at the High Court in Demerara before Justice Brassington Reynolds via Zoom on Monday.
Initially, he was indicted for murder, however, Mohamed opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter. He admitted that on January 13, 2015, in the county of Demerara, he killed his father.
The indictment against Mohamed was presented by State Prosecutors Teriq Mohammed and Tyra Bakker. The prosecution’s case contended that at the time of the incident, Sulaymon was bedridden while his son was known to have been suffering from mental illness, which resulted in him being violent at times.
During January 2015, Mohamed was living with his father and sister, Shaliza Mohamed and her family at Lot 38 Parker Street, Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
However, at about 19:20h, on January 13, 2015, Mohamed was at home with his father, sister, and her family when his sister called him to take his medication. According to her, when her brother came to her, his eyes appeared “wild,” and before she could have given him the medication, he hit her to the head.
Her husband came to her rescue, and she left the house with her son to get help from the neighbours.
The family’s neighbour, Devon Persaud, related that he was at home when he heard someone shouting, “Mark! Help! Help! Alli killing his father.”
As a result, Persaud said he left his home and went over to Mohamed’s house, where he saw him in the bedroom, beating his father with a piece of greenheart wood while he laid in bed. Persaud said he called Mohamed and took the wood away from him.
Police were summoned on the scene, and Mohamed was arrested. His father was rushed to the Diamond Hospital and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). He died while receiving medical attention.
Alli, who was represented by lawyer Ravindra Mohabir, will return to court on July 20, 2020, for the presentation of a probation report in a plea of mitigation before sentencing is handed down.