Teenage robber gets 12 months
Eighteen-year-old Henry Depeiza Lewis will spend the next 12 months at HMP Dodds.
He received that sentence from Magistrate Douglas Frederick after confessing to robbing a man of his bag and its contents and, two weeks later, snatching a gold chain and pendant from a woman’s neck.
Lewis has no fixed place of abode.
In presenting the facts of the two cases yesterday, Sergeant Robert Jones told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that Shamario Ambris went to a restaurant at Upper Broad Street on March 21, after running some errands in Bridgetown.
On leaving the restaurant, he noticed a man riding a bicycle, coming from the area close to the Lord Nelson statue.
Ambris then walked over to the pedestrian crossing at Wharf Road and waited there for the lights to change. That was when he felt a tug on his bag.
He and Lewis struggled for control of the bag and all the while the thief was telling him “let the bag go”.
Lewis then swung at Ambris’ hand three times with a blade, causing the bag’s owner to let it go.
The convict then rode off towards the Princess Alice Highway. Ambris, who chased him, eventually lost sight of him at Prescod Boulevard. He later picked out Lewis at an identification parade.
In the second incident, Elaine Clarke was on her way to Lakes Folly on the morning of April 4 when a man passed her and said “morning”. He walked further on, stopped, removed his haversack and opened it. When Clarke got close to him, he asked her for a sponsor.
She responded that she had no change and continued walking towards Lakes Folly.
When the woman reached close to Plumbing World, she felt a tug on the chain she was wearing. On looking to the right, she recognized the same man who had approached her earlier, jogging away with her jewellery.
Subsequent police investigations led them to a precious metal dealer, where the jewellery was recovered.
Magistrate Frederick sentenced Lewis to six months for the first theft and a further six for the second. The terms will run consecutively.