A man accused of killing his nephew in 2012 pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter on Monday when the matter was called during the Berbice Criminal Assizes.
Roy Lewis, 37, of Glasgow Housing Scheme, East Bank Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) was charged for murdering Devon Lewis, also called Devon DaSilva,18, on December 27, 2012 at Sisters Village, East Bank Berbice.
He appeared before Justice Franklyn Holder and through his legal counsel, State-appointed Attorney Sasha Robertson, said he was going to take a certain course of action after saying he was not guilty of murder.
However, Robertson petitioned the Court for a probation report on Lewis which is expected to be available on March 22 when the suspect is expected to be present for sentencing.
State Prosecutor Natasha Backer did not produce any facts on the case to the Court. However, it had been reported in the media that on December 27, 2012, a man had allegedly stabbed to death his step-nephew while he was sleeping next to his girlfriend, Ashley “Toya” Whyte. The stabbing occurred at the home of the girl’s parents.
It was also reported that after allegedly killing the young man, Lewis ingested a poisonous substance with the intention of committing suicide, but he was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was treated. He subsequently fully recovered.
It was reported that the murder suspect had attempted to seduce the youth into a homosexual relationship, but the teenager paid him no heed. As a result, the murder suspect had become jealous after the teenager started to see Whyte.
In court documents dated May 3, 2012, Devon Lewis had said that he was not on speaking terms with his uncle since he was aged 14 years. The case is being heard by the judge without a jury.