Saturday, February 24, 2018

No 'goodnight' greeting: Man knifed to death

...killer pleads guilty to manslaughter

AN ARGUMENT which began over saying goodnight led to Christopher Khan being stabbed in his abdomen. He died at the scene.

Ragoonath “Coy” Juteram will be sentenced for manslaughter before Justice Hayden St Clair Douglas in the San Fernando Second Criminal Court.

In giving the evidence in the case, State attorney Sabrina Dougdeeen-Jaglal said it was on September 29, 2010 that Juteram was walking with another man when Khan, who had got out from a car, also started walking along Jairam Trace. Khan crossed from one side of the road to the next to pass them.

Juteram said: “I doh like strangers pass me in the dark an' eh say goodnight.”

Khan asked: “So who is you to tell goodnight?”

Juteram started to curse Khan while Khan's identity was explained by the man who was walking with Juteram.

The expletives continued and the two started to fight. Dougdeen-Jaglal said Khan slipped off his jersey and chains. He was later unable to find the chains. Khan went home and told his mother of the incident.

Juteram later met Khan's mother, who enquired about the fight. Khan approached and asked about the chains and then he and Juteram again started arguing.

 Khan picked up a piece of wood from the side of the road and his mother held him back.

Both parties seemed to be parting ways when the accused stabbed Khan in his abdomen. Khan was pronounced dead on the scene. A post-mortem found he died as a result of one stab wound to his abdomen.

Juteram later told his sister that he “kill ah fella”. He told her that he and the boy were fighting and he stabbed him in his belly with a knife and the police were looking for him and he was in hiding.

She called the police.

Juteram, who sustained soft tissue injuries, later told officers that Khan had a knife and a piece of wood.

“I take away de knife from him an' he hit meh again an' he hit meh here… an' ah brakes wid dis hand dat ah had de knife in…an' ah hear he mudder say he get cut. Dat is self-defence. I really didn't go to ting him wid de knife.” He took the police back to the scene and pointed out areas.

Juteram who is represented by attorney Selwyn Ramlal, entered a guilty plea to the charge of manslaughter.

He is expected to be sentenced on February 7.