Saturday 26 September, 2020

Teen sentenced to three years for robbery while accomplice escaped

A Tobago teenager charged with robbery with aggravation, was sentenced to three years hard labour at the Youth Training Centre.

The 17-year-old of Les Couteaux appeared before Justice Gail Gonzales at the Scarborough Children’s Court on Thursday where the ruling was delivered. 

The boy was arrested on Sunday March 3, 2019, following a robbery incident which occurred on that same date at Spring Garden Trace, Scarborough.

The victim - a 42-year-old businessman - was at his clothing store when two men entered, one armed with a gun and announced a hold-up. 

The duo stole cash, clothing and shoes before fleeing on foot.

The victim got into his vehicle and chased them but was shot at by the gunman. He subsequently lost control of the car and crashed into the second suspect who sustained injuries as
a result of the impact. The gunman escaped.

A quantity of clothing and shoes was recovered from the scene.

The teenager was subsequently charged with robbery with aggravation on Friday March 8, 2019, by acting Cpl McMillan and appeared before a Master of the Children’s Court on Monday March 11, 2019. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail with surety in the sum of TT$80,000.00.

The matter subsequently went to trial and ended on Thursday September 19, 2019, with the sentencing of the minor.

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