Man gets 56 years for murder of childhood friend

Murder accused Redrick Alexander, who was on trial for the 2010 murder of his childhood friend, was yesterday sentenced to 56 years in prison after he was found guilty of the crime by a jury.

Redrick Alexander, 61, begged the judge, Navindra Singh, to be merciful in handing down his sentence after the jury found him guilty in the High Court. “I’m innocent of murder. I’m really innocent. I know to my heart is a scuffle me and this man had…” Alexander pleaded from the prison’s dock.

In November, 2010 Alexander is said to have inflicted the fatal stab wound to Carl Thomas during an argument over a pile of missing clothes. The stabbing occurred at John Street, Lodge. Thomas later died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation while receiving medical attention.

 Carl Thomas
Carl Thomas

He sustained a single stab wound in his abdomen which relatives said punctured vital organs. The two men grew up together and lived like brothers, relatives had said.

Singh, after listening to Alexander’s pleas, said he usually starts handing down sentences at 60 years and would deduct four years for the time Alexander has spent in prison. However, he also stated that he could not find any mitigating factors, especially since Alexander did not show any remorse.  “You are sentenced to 56 years,” he said, but was quickly interrupted by Alexander, who begged: “Your Honour! You can’t see anything better than that for me!”

 Redrick Alexander
Redrick Alexander

He was represented by attorney Hukumchand while Judith Gildharie-Mursalin presented the state’s case.

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