GUYANA – A 21-year-old man was on Thursday sentenced to 30 years behind bars for the stabbing deaths of his stepsister and nephew in 2013.
Justice Brassington Reynolds sentenced Orin Rodrigues to 30 years in jail for each of the two counts of manslaughter but ordered that the sentences run concurrently.
Two weeks ago, Rodrigues denied the charges of murder, for which he was initially indicted, but pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter, accepting that on November 30, 2013, at Moblissa, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, he unlawfully killed Molly James and her 15-year-old son Aaron James.
Molly and her family were asleep when Rodrigues, armed with a knife, entered the home at 12.30 am and dealt her several stabs about her body. During the attack, Aaron went to his mother’s aid, only to be attacked as well.
Prosecutors had said that Rodrigues’ actions were precipitated by a rape complaint against him. It was the state’s case that a 13-year-old girl had complained to Molly of him allegedly raping her.
According to prosecutors, after the woman reported the alleged sexual assault to the police, an enraged Rodrigues launched the attack.