20-year-old John McKenzie of Leopold Street, Georgetown was on Monday, November 30, 2020, sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for the November 17, 2018 killing of ‘Buckman’ (only name given). Initially charged for murder, McKenzie appeared before Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and pleaded not guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter.
The killing occurred at Leopold Street, Georgetown. Based on reports, on the day in question, McKenzie and two teenagers were involved in an argument with 45-year-old ‘Buckman’ after he had stopped by drugs from them. Media reports are that ‘Buckman’ was a vagrant and drug addict.
During the argument, McKenzie pulled out a knife and stabbed the man. McKenzie and the teen boys later made good their escape. The injured man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The teenagers are still waiting to be tried for the offence.
In expressing remorse, McKenzie told the judge, “I am really sorry for what I have done. I am sorry for breaking the law. I never went to jail or nothing before. I am just asking you to be lenient with me. I am just asking for mercy because I did not waste the court’s time.”
Attorney-at-Law Mark Conway appeared for McKenzie, while State Counsel Teriq Mohamed and Nafeeza Baig appeared for the Prosecution. The now confessed killer who is being housed at the Camp Street prison appeared virtually at the High Court in Demerara. Before his incarceration, McKenzie worked as a patient attendant at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.