Friday 23 August, 2019

'I was hungry,' robber tells judge

A 31-year-old man with 14 prior convictions will spend the next 36 months in custody after he was found guilty on two counts of robbery with aggravation.

Daniel John appeared before the Port of Spain Magistrates’ 11th Court, for allegedly robbing the same individual on two separate occasions within a week.

The incidents allegedly took place in the Port of Spain and St Clair districts.

John appeared before Magistrate Cheron Raphael.

The 31-year-old faced allegations of two counts of robbery with aggravation; and one count of possession of a weapon as he allegedly used a cutlass to rob the victim.

He was charged by PC Chinpire, PC Dopwell, and PC Gill of the Port of Spain CID in relation to the offenses.

In his defence, John told the court that he was hungry and needed money to purchase food, so he decided to rob the victim of his belongings.

He also claimed on one of the incidents, where he allegedly attacked the victim with a cutlass, he had done drugs and was seeing people attacking him, and as such he had the cutlass on his person to defend himself.

John pleaded guilty to all three offences and was sentenced a total of 76 months hard labour.

However, he will only serve 36 as the sentences will run concurrently. 

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