A 49-year-old farmer was on Monday sentenced to seven years imprisonment for fatally beating Romel Gouveia called ‘White Boy,’ after the man ate his wild meat and cassava bread in 2017.
Charles Leonard, called ‘Poon,’ of Port Kaituma, was sentenced by High Court Judge Brassington Reynolds via a zoom hearing.
In June, Leonard opted to plead guilty to the manslaughter charge which read that between October 5 and 6, 2017, he unlawfully killed Gouveia.
The state was represented by prosecutors Teriq Mohammed and Tyra Backer, while Leonard was represented by attorney-at-law Siand Dhurjon.
The Guyana Chronicle understands that Gouveia lived with Leonard and his wife at Port Kaituma.
However the two men had a misunderstanding and Leonard warned Gouveia not to eat his food.
Leonard nevertheless reportedly came home intoxicated on October 5, 2017 and saw Gouveia in the kitchen eating his wild meat with cassava bread. Consequently, Leonard became annoyed and attacked Gouveia, hitting him to the head with a piece of wood. Gouveia collapsed to the ground and Leonard left.
Hours later, Leonard’s wife came and saw Gouveia’s lifeless body and reported the matter to the police.