Man with mental illness pleads guilty to killing bedridden father

Alli Mohamed

A 43-year-old man, who is known to be mentally ill, has pleaded guilty to killing his 83-year-old father who has bedridden at the time of his demise in 2015.

Alli Mohamed was on Monday arraigned at the High Court before Justice Brassington Reynolds.

Initially, he was indicted for murder; however, Mohamed opted to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter, thereby admitting that on January 13, 2015, in the county of Demerara, hekilled his father, Sulaymon Mohamed.

The indictment against Mohamed was presented by State Prosecutors, Teriq Mohammed, and Tyra Bakker.

According to the facts presented by the prosecutors, Sulaymon was bedridden while his son was known to have been suffering from mental illness, which resulted in him being violent at times.

During January 2015, Alli was living with his father and sister, Shaliza Mohamed and her family at Lot 38 Parker Street, Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD).

At around 19:20h, on the day in question, Shaliza called Alli to give him his medication.

According to her, when her brother came to her, his eyes appeared “wild,” and before she could have given him the medication, he cuffed her to the head.

Her husband came to her rescue, and she left her home with her son to go and get help from the neighbours.

When Shaliza left the house, her father, Sulaymon, was in his bed.

According to a neighbour Devon Persaud, on the said day, he was upstairs in his home when he heard someone shouting, “Mark, help, help, Alli killing his father.”

As a result, Persaud left his home and went over to Alli’s house, where he saw him in the bedroom, beating his father with a piece of wood. Persaud called out to the mentally ill man, and he came to him. This led to Persaud taking the wood away from him and carrying the man downstairs.

Police were summoned on the scene, and Alli was arrested. His father was rushed to the Diamond Hospital and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), where he later died. His cause of death was given as multiple injuries: multiple rib fractures with haemothorax, lacerated liver, fractured arms, bone, head, and cutaneous lacerations.

Alli, who was represented by lawyer Ravindra Mohabir, will return to court on July 20, 2020, for the presentation of a probation report, plea in mitigation, and sentencing.