A 48-year-old man, who was sentenced to 66 years in prison, for killing a woman during a quarrel over a ‘fowl cock’ has been given a sentence reduction by the Court of Appeal.
The man, Mark Assing called ‘Jessie’, was in 2014 found guilty by a jury of murdering Abiola Eadie of McDoom, East Bank Demerara. He was sentenced to 66 years imprisonment by Justice Navindra with the possibility of parole after serving a minimum of 30 years behind bars.
Assing, being dissatisfied with the verdict, appealed his conviction and sentence to the Court of Appeal.
In delivering the court’s ruling on Tuesday, December 01, 2020, Chancellor of the Judiciary Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards informed that Assing’s conviction for murder will be substituted with manslaugter.
Hence, his jail sentence was reduced from 66 to 24 years. Among other things, the Chancellor noted that Justice Singh made several errors during the trial.
Justice Cummings-Edwards pointed out that the trial Judge made errors while summing up the evidence to the jury. Further, she pointed out that the trial judge erred when he failed to adequately put Assing’s case to the jury for consideration.
Reports are that Assing and Eadie were involved in a heated argument over a ‘fowl cock’ when he whipped out a gun and fired a shot at her. She died while undergoing treatment at GPHC.
Other than the Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justices of Appeal Rishi Persaud and Dawn Gregory also deliberated on the matter.
State Counsel Diana Kaulesar-O’Brien appeared for the Prosecution, while Attorney-at-Law Glenn Hanoman appeared for Assing.