Daniel Paris, a 23 year-old gold miner of West Coast Demerara was on Thursday afternoon sentenced to eighteen-month jail term after he pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
It is alleged that Paris on April 28, 2017 at High Street Georgetown robbed Paul Ramadayal of one Samsung cellular phone and some $50,000 cash, a total sum of $194,000, inflicting personal violence on the victim during the course of the robbery.
A second charge initiated against Paris read that on March 13, 2017, whilst armed with a knife, he robbed Boaz Jacobs of a Blu cellular phone and a mountain bicycle, a total of $33,000.
The accused chose not to waste the court’s time by opting to enter into a guilty plea with respect to the former charge, while denying the latter allegation.
According to police facts (with regard to the first offence) the VC, on the day in question, was on his way to work when he was accosted by the defendant who wrestled him to the ground and demanded that he hand over his valuables. A fearful Ramadayal complied as the perpetrator made good his escape.
The victim filed a report and positively identified the accused at the Ruimveldt Police Station where he, under caution, admitted to the crime, reportedly telling investigators that he had already sold the smart phone.
Prosecutor Arvin Moore told the court that the cash was not recovered.
The defendant, when given a chance to speak by the magistrate, apologized for his actions, telling the court that he lives with his girlfriend and their five month old child, being the sole bread-winner of the family.
Moore objected to bail for the second charge and disclosed that the accused has matters of similar nature being investigated at the Ruimveldt Police Station and requested that Paris be remanded pending the outcome of the matter.
Considering the above circumstances and the fact that the defendant did not waste the court’s time, the chief magistrate sentenced Paris to eighteen months behind bars while refusing him bail on the second charge. He is expected to return to court on June 9, 2017.