NA man challenging 13-year sentence for attempted murder
Hansel Andre Lewis, also called ‘Smiley’, of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam Berbice, who was found guilty of attempted murder over the New Year’s Day 2013 stabbing of Chris Burrowes, called ‘Bully’, has filed an appeal against his 13-year prison sentence at the Guyana Court of Appeal.
In July 2016, Lewis, 43, was unanimously found guilty of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Burrowes with intent to murder him. The court was told that Lewis had slashed Burrowes to the throat while outside a bar on New Year’s Day of 2018.
Burrowes had told the court that he had known Lewis for several years. He had also said that, on the day in question, he was in the vicinity of the Rainbow Bar on Republic Road and Charles Place in New Amsterdam when Lewis stood next to him smoking something that smelt unpleasant.
He said he asked him to move, and moments after, Lewis attacked him with a knife and fled.
The injured Burrowes was transported to the New Amsterdam Hospital, where he was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and was discharged some 18 days later. The doctor had explained that the injury resulted in temporary disability and a permanent scar.
Throughout the trial, Lewis had maintained that he was wrongfully accused of the crime. In his testimony, Lewis had told the jury that he and Burrowes were at a bar consuming alcohol when an argument ensued between them, after which they both went their separate ways. He even testified that he could not recall any physical altercation between them.
In a probation report, it was disclosed that Lewis had “felt bad” about the incident, even though he had maintained his innocence. The report disclosed that he had migrated to the United States in 1990. However, after coming into conflict with the law, he was deported to Guyana in 2002.
A report from the National Psychiatric Hospital in Berbice revealed that Lewis was admitted to the institution in 2008 for drug abuse. Investigations conducted in his neighbourhood revealed that he was known for his alcoholic tendencies, and had caused disturbances in the community.
A medical doctor had testified that Burrowes suffered a wound measuring seven centimetres in length, with a depth of six centimetres.