A 51-year-old man from Siparia has been sentenced to death for murdering a pensioner following a bar brawl in 2008.

The death penalty was read to Robert Taylor, of Mendez Village, Siparia, yesterday after he was found guilty of the crime by Justice Carla Brown-Antoine at the end of a judge-alone trial.

Taylor was accused of murdering 75-year-old Knolly Nicholas, a father of eight from Coora Settlement Trace, Siparia, on May 23, 2008.

Taylor and Nicholas were reportedly liming at a bar in the community when they were involved in an altercation. Nicholas left the bar after being hit several times and Taylor followed him.

Taylor allegedly attacked Nicholas and struck him on his head with a stone.

Nicholas walked a short distance before collapsing. He died on the scene.

An autopsy performed by pathologist Dr Eastlyn Mc Donald-Burris showed that Nicholas died from haemorrhaging due to blunt force trauma injuries to his head.

During his trial, which began in May, the State led the evidence of 18 witnesses, 11 of whom are still alive.

Taylor was represented by Rekha Ramjit, while Veonna Neal-Munroe prosecuted.