Saskatoon man gets 6.5 years in stabbing death of refugee Tie Kyaw
A Saskatoon man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a total sentence of 6.5 years in prison over the 2010 stabbing death of refugee Tie Kyaw.
Bobby Joe Baptiste, one of two people charged in the case, appeared in court in Saskatoon Tuesday. He was originally charged with first degree murder and aggravated assault.
Kyaw, 40, was found severely wounded in the city's west end early in the morning on Mar. 31, 2010. He was taken to hospital where he died.
Baptiste was arrested and charged in 2013. The second person accused cannot be named because he was under 18 when the homicide took place.
Kyaw, who was also known as Joe, was a member of Saskatoon's Burmese community having arrived in Canada as a refugee.
According to reports at the time of the arrest of Baptiste, Kyaw and a friend were walking home with a small bag of groceries and a bottle of liquor when they were approached by some youths who tried to rob them.
Kyaw and his friend were stabbed several times. They were both taken to hospital where Kyaw died a short time later, while his friend was treated for stab wounds to his side, legs and arms.