Sunday 18 November, 2018

Five years hard labour for man who stole laptop at knifepoint

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to five years hard labour for stealing a laptop while using a knife to intimidate his target.

Kyron Ruiz was sentenced after he plead guilty to the allegations.

It was said that the victim was robbed on Friday while using his laptop while seated at a bench near the National Library along Abercromby Street, Port of Spain.

Ruiz reportedly approached the victim and threatened him with a knife.

Fearful for his life, the victim left his laptop and personal belongings in a bag and fled the scene.

A report was made to the police, and officers of the Port of Spain CID arrested the suspect within the hour.

He was held in the vicinity of the Lapeyrouse Cemetery and the stolen items were recovered.

Ruiz appeared before the courts on Tuesday where he plead guilty to the offence of aggravated robbery and was sentenced.

In an unrelated incident, on Monday morning, Father Thekkekutte, the parish priest at the Tortuga Roman Catholic Church, was tied up and robbed by three men.

These men, police were told, were armed with a knife and cutlass, and repeatedly threatened to cut off the feet of the priest if he did not had over the cash which the church had raised during its harvest mere hours earlier.

The suspects are yet to be held.



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