July 16, 2014 7:16 am

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in Saskatoon stabbing death

A man charged with first-degree murder in a 2010 stabbing death in Saskatoon pleads guilty to manslaughter.

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SASKATOON – A man who was originally charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 stabbing death of a man in Saskatoon has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Bobby Baptiste, who was 21 at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in provincial court on Tuesday.

Tie Kyaw, 40, was walking with another man in the 1900-block of 22nd Street when they were jumped by three men.

Kyaw was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.

On Tuesday, court heard Baptiste and two friends attacked Kyaw, a refugee from Myanmar, and another man after he refused to give them a bottle of vodka he has just bought.

Kyaw, a former freedom fighter in his home country, was able to successfully defend himself until Baptiste stabbed him in the heart.

Baptiste was sentenced to six-and-a-half years but will only spend five years in prison after credit for time served.

He has also been served a DNA order and is prohibited from possessing weapons for 10 years.

With files from The Canadian Press

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