East Ruimveldt man jailed for 3 years for robbery under arms

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A Front Road, East Ruimveldt man was today jailed for three years by Magistrate Judy Latchman after she found him guilty of robbery under arms and the illegal possession of a firearm.

arrest1Dexter Wallace, 20, of Lot 38 Front Road, East Ruimveldt, appeared before Magistrate Latchman on a charge which stated that on June 15, 2015, at Oronoque Street, while being armed with a firearm, he robbed the Virtual Complainant (VC), Petal DeFreitas of a gold chain, one cell phone and a shoulder bag, all to a total value of $151,000.

He was also facing trial on another charge which stated that on the same day, he had a .38 revolver and six matching live rounds of ammunition in his possession, when he was not the holder of a firearm licence.

During the trial, the Prosecution argued that on the day in question, at about 06:45hrs, DeFreitas was walking along Oronoque Street, when she was accosted by Wallace. The defendant relieved her of the articles at gunpoint, and then made good his escape.

The VC raised an alarm and the police were summoned to the scene. The suspect was subsequently apprehended and a search was conducted on him. The articles were recovered in his possession and he was taken into custody. Subsequently, he was taken on an identification parade (ID) and was positively identified by the woman.

At the ruling, Magistrate Latchman stated that she had found that Prosecutor Kerry Bostwick had successfully proven his case beyond reasonable doubt. She stated that she believed the VC’s testimony, which she relied heavily on as evidence. She further stated that she had found the defendant guilty on the charges.

Latchman sentenced the defendant to three years in prison along with a fine of $140,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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