A 39-year-old man was on Monday arraigned before City Magistrate Judy Latchman on a charge of armed robbery, and was slapped with a 56-month jail term after he admitted to committing the offence.
The guilt-stricken Michael White, admitted that on April 22, 2017, while armed with a knife, he relieved Taylor Lewinski of a grey handbag containing an IPhone among several articles worth a total of G$140,000, in an encounter that occurred at Avenue of the Republic in Georgetown.
The prosecution’s case was that the VC was walking north along Avenue of the Republic when White rode up on a bicycle and demanded that she hand over her bag. The VC fearlessly held on to her property, but when White whipped out a knife from his pocket, the woman was rendered defenceless and surrendered her belongings.
White reportedly collided with a pedestrian while fleeing the scene, but was apprehended by public-spirited citizens after the VC raised an alarm.
He was taken to the Stabroek Police Outpost, where a search conducted on his person unearthed the VC’s belongings in his possession.