Man gets 8 years jail for killing abusive employer

A South Oropouche man, who was 16-years-old in 2010 when he killed his abu­sive em­ploy­er and burnt his body, was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to five years and eight months in prison.

Chris­ton Kel­lon Adams plead­ed guilty in the San Fer­nan­do High Court to mur­der­ing dog lover Hik­met Ah­mad who owned a dog sanc­tu­ary in South Oropouche.

Adams helped care for the dogs and al­so did chores at Ah­mad’s house at Ralph Nar­ine Trace, South Oropouche.

Ac­cord­ing to the agreed facts, their re­la­tion­ship was strained be­cause Ahamad was very abu­sive to­wards Adams.

On that fate­ful day on Jan­u­ary 10, 2010, Adams washed Ahamad’s van and re­moved some items from the back seat.

State pros­e­cu­tor Sab­ri­na Dougdeen-Jaglal said, “On this day the ac­cused had enough of the abuse and when the de­ceased be­gan to hurl more in­sults at him af­ter he was un­sat­is­fied at the work he had done, he took a piece of iron he found ly­ing on the ground and hit him with it.”

Ahamad fell to the ground in an un­con­scious state.

Adams then placed Ahamad’s body in a box and burned the body. Adams then took a fe­male pit­bull and three pup­pies, which he claimed Ahamad had promised him.

He placed them in Ahamad’s van and drove to his aunt’s house in Morne Di­a­blo where he re­moved the items and the an­i­mals.

He then aban­doned the van in a field and walked back to his aunt’s house. The blood stained van was dis­cov­ered by the po­lice at Quar­ry Road the fol­low­ing day.

Lat­er that day, Sgt Dou­glas and PC Ti­tus were on in­quires when they en­tered a pri­vate road at Ralph Nar­ine Trace and dis­cov­ered the charred re­mains.

Three days lat­er, the po­lice went to Grant Trace where they met Adams and his fa­ther.

Adams said, “The man was push­ing up he hand in my face and ah take a piece ah pipe and hit him.”

Adam’s at­tor­ney Renu­ka Ram­ba­jhan, in her mit­i­ga­tion plea, said the Ah­mad used to curse and in­sult Adams and on that day he called him stu­pid at least four times.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Jus­tice Althea Alex­is Wind­sor not­ed that the death sen­tence can­not be con­sid­ered for an of­fend­er un­der the age of 18.

The judge start­ed the sen­tence at 25 years but re­duced it af­ter con­sid­er­ing the mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors, the time spent in cus­tody and his guilty plea. She or­dered that the mat­ter come up for re­view every two years.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson

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