A FORMER Guyana Defence Force soldier, Dwayne Tappin, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his uncle in 2017, has moved to the Court of Appeal to have his sentence reviewed.
In November 2019, High Court Judge, Sandil Kissoon, in handing down the sentence, ordered that the convict serve 40 years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.
Tappin was found guilty by a 12-member jury and was convicted for killing 51-year-old Randolph Seenauth, on August 6, 2017, at Lot 125 South Better Hope, East Coast Demerara.
He recently moved to the appeal court seeking to appeal his sentence and not his conviction. Tappin is asking for a lesser sentence. The case comes up for hearing on September 2, 2020.
According to reports, Seenauth and his nephew had lived in separate apartments on the plot of land.
However, the family had a dispute over the plot of land which the dead man’s mother had occupied before she died.
On August 6, 2017, around 04:30 hours, neighbours heard a loud ‘commotion’ coming from one of the apartments, but then there was silence for a few minutes which led them to suspect something was amiss.
Neighbours called out for Seenauth but got no response and later contacted the Sparendaam Police Station.
Police ranks arrived shortly after, and, upon pushing the front door to Seenauth’s apartment, found his head lying in a passageway between the living room and kitchen.
Further checks were made in the apartment and the rest of the man’s body was discovered on a mattress in the bedroom. The murder weapon was not recovered despite searches in both apartments. Tappin, hours after the murder, turned himself over to ranks at the Sparendaam Police Station.