Sunday 23 February, 2020

18-year-old pleads guilty to Woodbrook robbery

The 18-year-old man who was recorded assaulting a 26-year-old woman in Woodbrook last week during a robbery in front of her two-year-old son, has pleaded guilty to the offence.

Peter Hunte, of Laventille, appeared before Cheron Raphael in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Eleventh Court on Thursday.

He was charged with the offence of robbery with violence.

WPC Hosein was the complainant in the matter.

When the matter was called, Hunte pleaded guilty.

However, the Magistrate requested that before she passed sentencing that the virtual complainant (the victim) be present, that a medical report from the virtual complainant be presented, as well as the footage of the incident be brought to the court.

The matter was then adjourned and is expected to resume on Tuesday.

On Monday, Hunte surrendered himself to officers at the Port of Spain CID, in the company of his attorney Adrian Thompson.

The suspect was received by a team of officers including Snr  Sup Ajith Persad, Inspector Mark  Maraj, and Cpl Ramlogan.

He was the main individual being sought by the police following a robbery of a 26-year-old woman along Gallus Street, Woodbrook.

The incident took place at about 3:30 pm on March 7, and was captured on nearby CCTV cameras. The footage shows a man attempting to rob the woman of her cellular phone, however, she resisted.

As a result, she was assaulted in full view of her two-year-old son.

A second man walked up to the two and pulled the assailant away from the woman.

The assailant then “rushed in” once again and snatched a gold chain from the neck of the 26-year-old woman.

He then made good his escape.

The victim made a report to the Woodbrook Police station and sought medical treatment.

More on this as it becomes available.


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