CaribWorldNews, QUEENS, NY, Tues. Nov. 10, 2009: A Guyana-born, New York City cop, who killed the woman he was once engaged to marry, will have to spend the next 25 years to life in prison.
Harry Rupnarine, 39, was recently given the maximum sentence for the May 10, 2007 murder. His sentencing came just two months after a Queens Supreme Court jury found him guilty of killing Guiatree Hardat, 22, on Atlantic Avenue in Woodhaven, Queens.
The shooting was a deadly end to the couple`s tumultuous two-year relationship, Hardat`s friends and relatives had said.
Rupnarine, in his defence, had claimed he had accidentally killed Hardat with his 9 mm service Glock while trying to shoot two knife-wielding thugs.
Rupnarine was a former Brooklyn Transit Task Force cop who took the post after graduating from the Police Academy in July 2005. He had met Hardat while patrolling the Crescent Street subway station in Brooklyn, shortly after becoming a cop.