For threatening to behead Gary and wife, drinker goes to jail

A SELF-EMPLOYED man who threatened to chop off the heads of the Police Commissioner and his wife, was yesterday sentenced to time in jail.

Ian Sookram, 34 of Couva, said he was guilty of misusing a cellular phone to call the police’s emergency 999 number to send a menacing message. He appeared before Couva senior magistrate Christine Charles facing a maximum fine of $200 or 30 days in jail for the charge laid by Inspector Michael Pierre under the Summary Offences Act.

Charles jailed him for two weeks.

Police prosecutor Sgt Lincoln Bonnet told the court that last Saturday at Carolina Village, Couva, Sookram called the police emergency 999 to send the menacing message. Sookram threatened to chop off Police Commissioner Gary Griffith’s neck and the neck of his wife.

Defence attorney Roshni Balkaran asked or leniency for her client. She told the court that the construction worker was drinking White Oak and Tequila prior to making the phone call. She said he was remorseful for his words and, before the court, Sookram offered apologies to Griffith through the charging officer.

Bonnet asked the magistrate to treat the threat at its highest level.

The court considered the nature of the threats at this time, Sookram’s guilty plea and his apology as she sentenced him to 14 days hard labour. The magistrate also recommended that Sookram seek counselling concerning his alcohol consumption.