Give me a chance, robber tells judge
Saying that he was “young and inexperienced,” Jason Marshall asked Justice Margaret Reifer for “a chance” today.
He will have to wait until Thursday to find out whether the judge heard his plea.
The Crane, St Philip resident was found guilty a few weeks ago of intentionally wounding and robbing Starrio Elcock of a gold chain and pendent worth $2,500 on December 29, 2007.
In his evidence, Elcock recalled that he was at a shop in Black Rock, St Michael waiting to buy food and when he moved away to use his cellular phone, Marshall pointed a gun at him and demanded that he hand over his chain and pendant.
Elcock said he froze during the incident, and when he was about to remove the chain from his neck, Marshall shot him in his leg and he fell, only later realizing from the pain that the bullet had gone through one leg and out through the other.
Marshall kicked him while he was on the ground.
Elcock later picked out Marshall at an identification parade. In his mitigation, the attacker told the court that he wanted to further his studies in cooking.
“My actions have caused me anguish,” Marshall said, adding that he had “no history of violent behaviour”.
He further insisted that he never shot Elcock, but Elcock seemed afraid to say who had really injured him.
However, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard QC asked the court to impose a sentence of no less than 13 years, since the maximum penalty for robbery was 15 years and wounding with intent was life in prison.
She also submitted that Marshall’s actions that day were premeditated because he had surveyed Elcock while he was on the phone and had attacked him from behind.
Babb-Agard also referred to the callousness of Marshall’s actions in shooting and then kicking Elcock.
She said the injury prevented Elcock from working for more than two months and the victim was still traumatized.