–for his role in execution of Lusignan beautician
CONFESSED killer, Melroy Doris, was, on Thursday, sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by Justice Brassington Reynolds for the execution-style killing of 19-year-old cosmetologist, Ashmini Harriram, back in 2014.
Early last month, Doris had appeared before the Demerara High Court for the capital offence, but opted instead to plead to the lesser count of manslaughter, having admitted that on July 10, 2014, at the Lusignan Railway Embankment, on the East Coast of Demerara, he unlawfully killed the teen.
During Thursday’s hearing, a probation report was presented in court before the sentence was handed down, and according to its findings, Doris was described as “well-mannered” not only by residents of the West Berbice village, from which he hails, but also by prison officials at the Lusignan Prison where he was being held.
In arriving at his decision, Justice Reynolds not only considered the nature and manner in which the offence was committed, but also Doris’ age, his domestic circumstances, as well as the fact that he had no previous brushes with the law, and that he’d already spent seven years on remand pending his pre-trial hearing.
Doris was jointly charged with Lennox Wayne, called “Two Colours,” for the capital offence, but the latter has since filed a constitutional motion in the Demerara High Court, seeking a permanent stay of the case against him, and asking that he be granted bail, pending the hearing of his application. The Guyana Chronicle had initially reported that Wayne was allegedly the ‘triggerman’, while Doris was the taxi driver who facilitated the execution. It is also alleged that following the commission of the crime, Doris took Wayne back to the city, where the victim’s cellular phone was handed over to one of the two persons who’d allegedly contracted the duo to carry out the ‘hit’ for $2.5 million. It is alleged that the two men were contracted by the hairdresser’s brother-in-law, and an accomplice who wanted her dead after they suspected that she had ‘snitched’ on them. They reportedly believed that it was she who had informed the police of a drug operation they were engaged in, resulting in the narcotics being seized.