A year after being charged with shooting at a hotel employee, 70-year-old Leila Jagdeo was yesterday sentenced to 18 months in jail after being found guilty of the crime.
Jagdeo, of Lot 3 Ogle, East Coast Demerara, was found guilty of discharging a loaded firearm at Brandon Collins on March 30th, 2017.
After being charged in April last year, Jagdeo was released on $100,000 bail pending the outcome of her trial before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.
Collins, a maintenance worker of the Alpha Hotel at Ogle, was clearing vines from the hotel’s fence when he was asked to leave, by Jagdeo, the owner of the house next door.
After he ignored her, the then, 69-year-old woman, who was a licensed holder, armed herself and discharged a round at Collins, which struck him in the abdomen.
A hotel staffer had claimed that Collins had turned his back to remove himself from the fence when the woman shot him.
“He had been trimming the trees that was over the fence. He had finished the front and was working at the back and the woman was standing on her verandah. She turned and tell him to come off the fence before she shoot him,” the employee, who asked not to be named, had related to this newspaper.
Collins, of Manchester, Corentyne, Berbice, was admitted at the Georgetown Public Hospital for some time after the shooting.