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Officer jailed for Guyana killing
Pc Michael Cheong
Michael Cheong was earlier cleared of murder
A British police officer convicted of killing a petty criminal he shot in Guyana 23 years ago has been jailed for two years at the Old Bailey.

Pc Michael Cheong, 42, of Woodbridge in Suffolk, had denied the manslaughter of Brian Spencer, 20, in Guyana in 1982.

Surrey-born Cheong was convicted last month, after his wife turned him in.

He was tried under an 1861 law, which allows UK citizens to be tried for murder or manslaughter no matter the country the killing was committed in.

The jury had earlier cleared Cheong of murder.

'Out of revenge'

The court heard he had fled to Britain two years after the shooting, joining the army and later the police. He now faces dismissal from the police force.

He shot Brian Spencer as he ran off after robbing wife Sandra and attempting to sexually assault her sister.

Jurors heard Mrs Cheong rang police after their marriage ended in "bitterness and antagonism" in 2003.

In sentencing Cheong, Judge Paul Focke said he had taken into account his wife's motive for turning him in.

The judge said: "It seems your wife acted partly or mainly out of revenge for what she believed she suffered.

"I will deal with you as leniently as possible."




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