Wife killer sentenced for wounding

Dwayne Jordan

Murder convict Dwayne Jordan, who recently had his death sentence substituted with a 30-year prison sentence by the Court of Appeal, was yesterday sentenced to an additional 30 years on charges of wounding.

However, Justice Brassington Reynolds, who imposed the sentences based on two charges, also ordered that they run concurrently with Jordan’s first sentence.

The sentence was handed down after Jordan accepted that on June 14th, 2007, he caused grievous bodily harm to Shellon Payne and Ryan Lewis, with intent to maim, disfigure or disable them.

Justice Reynolds sentenced Jordan to 15 years on each of the wounding charges, ordering that they run concurrently with the 30 years imposed by the Court of Appeal for Jordan’s murder of Claudine Rampersaud, his common-law wife.

The state’s case, presented by Prosecutor Tiffini Lyken, was that on the day in question at Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, there was a physical altercation between Jordan and Rampersaud.

The court heard that it was during that incident that Payne, the dead woman’s sister and Lewis, her brother-in-law, ran to her rescue when they were both also attacked and injured by Jordan.

Jordan did not dispute the facts.

Evidence presented during his trial for the murder of his wife had revealed that Jordan heard a rumour that his wife had another man, following which she was found in an abandoned house with injuries that appeared to be caused by a hatchet or knife. 

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