Man choked best friend
Reporter: Lucy Kenderdine
Date online: 27 September 2013
A 46-YEAR-OLD man choked his best friend to death after a drunken argument, a court heard.
David Warren Jack, of Stott House, Oldham, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Rampersaud Ramnarine (53) on February 3.
The court is holding a “Newton” hearing, in which the judge hears conflicting evidence to ascertain the facts before sentencing.
The attack happened in the victim’s home in Raleigh Close, Oldham, after the pair, both chronic alcoholics, had visited a local off-licence.
In a statement Jack described an argument that ended with the victim moving towards a drawer, apparently to grab a knife.
Manchester Crown Court heard how Jack described grabbing the victim and putting his arms around his neck until he fell unconscious to the floor. Jack then left the flat, unsure of Mr Ramnarine’s condition.
Mr Ramnarine body was found on February 4 after his long-term partner visited the home after being unable to reach him by phone.
Jack was arrested when he contacted the police, after confessing his guilt to friends.
Jack was due to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today.
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