‘Shawny’ appeals life sentence for killing man in 2017
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SHAWN Harris, called ‘Shawny’, who is currently serving a life sentence for fatally stabbing a man in 2017, is now challenging his conviction and sentence.

In 2020, Harris formerly of Pike Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was tried before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow at the Demerara High Court. A 12-member jury later found him guilty of murdering Sunil Singh, called ‘Grey’ on February 5, 2017, at the Blue Martini nightclub on Owen Street, Kitty.

Justice Barlow sentenced Harris to serve life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after serving 20 years.

Harris, in his Court of Appeal documents, is claiming that his conviction cannot stand. He is asking that his sentence be set aside, since it was unfair.

He is also arguing that the sentence is manifestly excessive and severe in all the circumstances of the case.

According to reports, patrol ranks swooped down on the Blue Martini nightclub and ordered it closed at around 02:45 hours on February 5, 2017.

According to Charles Valenzuela, an employee of the nightspot, shortly after the police left, three men arrived and demanded to be allowed to enter the club.

At that point, Valenzuela said, he told them that they couldn’t as the club was closed. This led to an argument, during which one of the men stabbed Valenzuela in the left arm.

Singh, who perhaps thought that Valenzuela was being taken advantage of, intervened and was trying to make peace when one of the suspects dealt him a blow in the head.

Not satisfied with what he had done, the assailant reportedly pursued Singh, who’d gone running north into Railway Street, Kitty, and when he caught up with him, he stabbed him several times.

Both Singh and Valenzuela were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where the former was pronounced dead on arrival, and the latter was treated and sent away.

In 2016, Harris was released from prison after serving a sentence for drug trafficking. He had also served time for the Bank of Baroda robbery committed at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara on January 22, 2016.

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