A cellphone thief was not pleased to hear that he will be spending his Christmas in a jail cell after being charged with robbery.
Kennrick Cozier, 24, of 110 B West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Annette Singh.
He pleaded guilty with explanation, in the hope of copping a small fine, but was quick to cry “I don’t understand the law, but I wanted to explain myself that is why I pleaded guilty. I heard when you plead not guilty, you don’t get to talk.”
The charge against him stated that on December 12, 2016, at Water Street, Georgetown, and while being in the company of another, he robbed Trebivan Kalamadeen of one BlackBerry cellphone valued G$40,000 and G$2000 in cash.
According to the prosecution’s information, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was walking North along Water Street when he was approached by the defendant who reportedly asked the VC for G$40 of which he did not comply. As such, the defendant and an accomplice attacked the VC and a scuffle ensued.
The Police were called to the scene by eyewitnesses; however, the accomplice managed to escape with the G$2000.
The defendant attempted to explain that he did not commit the offence, but was interrupted by Magistrate Singh who asked him what was his reason for pleading guilty if he is in fact not guilty of the offence.
The defendant was hesitant in his response. The prosecution also revealed that this is not the accused’s first offence and that a similar offence was previously brought before him.
As such, bail was refused and the defendant was remanded to prison. He will return to court on December 28.