A Rose Hall Town, Berbice man was on Monday jailed for 10 years for hacking to death his reputed wife.Desmond Gordon, also called “Tallman”, 52, of Lot 196 Mangrove Street, Reef Section, Rose Hall Town, Corentyne received the sentence from Justice Brassington Reynolds after he pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.The cane harvester was charged with killing his wife Bhagmattie Angad, called “Kamini,” following a dispute during a drinking spree on May 16, 2016 at their Rose Hall Town home.The couple, who had been together for about eight years, reportedly shared a very abusive relationship. They were imbibing during the day when an argument subsequently erupted.Desmond Gordon and his dead wife, Bhagmattie Angad, in happier timesLoud screams were heard coming from the premises following which the 50-year-old woman was seen running from the house with Gordon in hot pursuit. He had in his hand a cutlass with which he reportedly inflicted several incise wounds about her body. The accused was subsequently seen with blood about his body. The Police were contacted and arrived on the scene and arrested him. Gordon was represented by Attorney at Law Sasha Roberts of the Legal Aid Clinic, while the state’s case was presented by State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy.Following the guilty plea, the court ordered a probation report on Gordon.Probation and Welfare Officer Maisie Sheppard, in her report, told the court that prior to the death of his wife, the early years of their relationship were filled with joy and laughter, but things changed and she became an addictive substance abuser (cocaine and marijuana).She told the court that when Gordon would rebuke his wife for her misconduct, it frequently resulted in arguments. Further, it was reported by some residents of Reef Section, Rose Hall Town, Corentyne that while the accused was respectful and loved by many for his general disposition within the community he resided, he and the victim (now deceased) were recognised by residents for their periodic consumption tendencies. According to the probation officer, residents noted that both the accused and his wife would consume alcoholic beverages and subsequently becoming verbally and physically abusive towards each other.Justice Reynolds, in handing down sentence, said the penalty is between life imprisonment and 18 years.He said that because Gordon did not waste the court’s time, he would give him the smallest sentence. Five years were deducted for the plea, and another two years for the time already spent in prison. The trial Judge deducted a further year for the killer’s good behaviour in jail based on the probation report, leaving him with ten years to spend in jail.
But the Gunners conceded the first goal for a fourth successive Premier League game and Arsenal manager Emery admitted this was something his side needed to work on.“When you are playing over 90 minutes, the two teams start the game with more intensity,” said the Spaniard.“Little by little over 90 minutes you need to impose your game, your job and your individual quality or physical strength.“In the first half, they (Wolves) were also very good and it was not easy to play against them in the individual duels. Maybe it’s one thing we can improve, but that comes naturally in our work.”Arsenal fell behind to a goal from Ivan Cavaleiro in the 13th-minute that owed much to a mistake by the Gunners’ Granit Xhaka.The Switzerland international has drawn praise for his improved performances this season but Emery said Xhaka, along with the rest of the team, had more to give.– ‘More consistency’ –“He has a big commitment to us and also character,” said the Arsenal manager. “His performance and his quality is good for us.“We need everybody — also for me and for the team — to have more consistency but it’s something that comes with working in our way.“I think the most important thing is to improve little by little with lots of work. I think we are doing it and Xhaka is doing it also.”The Gunners were without Danny Welbeck after the England international broke his ankle in Thursday’s scoreless Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon.Emery was unable to specify how long the forward would be out but acknowledged the injury was serious.“Danny Welbeck’s injury is a big injury,” he said. “He had an operation on Friday and we spoke with him yesterday (Saturday) and today (Sunday).”“It’s a big injury but the outcome… the doctor can answer that better than me,” he added.Arsenal were exposed by Wolves during the first half before improving after the interval.Both sides had chances to win the game — Wolves substitute Morgan Gibbs-White struck the underside of the bar in added time — and Arsenal had cause to be grateful for a fine display from Bernd Leno, with Emery admitting his side’s attack-minded approach places extra responsibility on the goalkeeper.“We knew that today we needed the goalkeeper with his performance, because when we are taking risks in our attacking moments, it give our opponents the chance to counter-attack,” he said. “Today I thought his performance was good for us.”Leno, meanwhile, dismissed the significance of extending the unbeaten run and was more concerned at dropping two points at home.“I think that is just a statistic. We wanted to win, we just drew and it is a disappointment,” said the keeper after a result that left the Gunners fifth in the table, eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City.Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted by the way his side ended a run of three defeats.“Coming to the Emirates and playing the way we have played, we should be proud,” he said.“Even when Arsenal got the draw, the best chances are ours. They asked the referee for more time. If we had more time, maybe we would have been better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan pictured scoring their late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves on Sunday© AFP Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 11 – Unai Emery admitted Arsenal must improve their first-half performances after his side once again fell before recovering to draw 1-1 at hom e to Wolves in the Premier League.Sunday’s result at the Emirates Stadium — secured by Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s 86th-minute equaliser — extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions.