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Time out

Magistrate ignores pleas from man who robbed 10 women

COURT TODAY BLOCKEven though 23-year-old James Jonah Josiah Sandiford admitted to robbing 10 women, snatching their bags and running off, he felt the three years in prison imposed on him by a Bridgetown Magistrate was too harsh.

“Sir, I am a young man, Sir, and that is three years of my life that you taking away. I asked you for mercy Sir…,” he told Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.

“But what about all those women whose bags you snatched . . . and beat some of them? You didn’t have mercy on them,” Frederick told the young man he described as “a clear and present danger to society”.

Sandiford, of Mayers Land, Lower Richmond, St. Michael, pleaded guilty to robbing the women between December 2014 and April 9 this year.

The facts revealed that Sandiford walked past most of his victims, snatched their bags, and ran off. Some of the offences were committed in the Westbury, St Michael area where Sandiford escaped by jumping over the cemetery wall.

In another instance, he kicked one of the women while she was on the ground to force her to release her bag. Another victim received a cuff in her face to make her let go of the bag.

The thief changed his modus operandi in one matter, though. On that occasion, the woman sent her five-year-old son to answer the door after hearing a knock. The boy returned and told his mother the person wanted her.

When she went, Sandiford asked for someone named Mohammed. She had the door opened slightly but the child came and opened the door further. Sandiford snatched at the bracelet she was wearing and they struggled. He beat her about the head and the back of her neck, and made off with the jewellery.

In sentencing the young man, Magistrate Frederick said he considered Sandiford’s early guilty plea as well as the fact that he had seemingly “targeted” the women and used violence against some of them.

The thief was given six months in relation to the woman whose home he visited, followed by four other six-month consecutive terms. He also has to serve two three-month consecutive sentences in relation to two of the robberies. Two more six-month sentences are to run concurrently.

Sandiford was not pleased.

“I got a very bad cocaine habit, Sir. Plus I on medication from Psychie (Psychiatric Hospital). I come clean cause I want help. I smoking this thing all the time, all the time and I want help. I thought you would send me some place like Verdun House or Psychiatric Hospital. I does still get cocaine and marijuana in prison, Sir,” he said.

Explaining to Sandiford that those were not options, Magistrate Frederick informed him that “the question is not if you are going to jail but for how long.”

“While you may need rehabilitation, the public needs to be protected from you. You see the number of charges that you have here that you pleaded guilty to? You represent a clear and present danger to this society,” the Magistrate responded.

“Try to understand me, Sir,” Sandiford pleaded. “A drug rehab programme could help me, Sir. If I was in my right mind, I wouldn’t do these things.”

The magistrate ordered that he undergo drug counselling at the prison.

Sandiford was slapped with 14 charges altogether for the string of offences but the others are indictable requiring trial in the High Court.

He has previous convictions for assault and dishonest acts.

19 Responses to Time out

  1. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley April 17, 2015 at 3:23 am

    You will still be young when they let you out, time to grow up while in hotel Dodds !

  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes April 17, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Drug program in jail and it is called cold tirkey.

  3. Baj Beau
    Baj Beau April 17, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Stupse. I would give another year for every time he gave an excuse as to why he couldnt go to jail

  4. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis April 17, 2015 at 6:37 am

    3 years for robbery and assault is a gift…it should have been 3 years on each count consecutive no probation with hard labor attached so he is too tired to smoke or use cocaine.

  5. Alex Alleyne April 17, 2015 at 7:33 am

    One year for each Woman would have been best .

  6. Hasani Hackett
    Hasani Hackett April 17, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Wait so you telling me he only get 3 years for all of them crimes…well no wonder people not afraid to steal

  7. Sonia Lorde
    Sonia Lorde April 17, 2015 at 9:39 am

    think about how you traumatized the women you robbed 3 years is not enough for you these women will be traumatized for a very long time

  8. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks April 17, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Thank you judge Frederick you are doing a great job keep up the good work

  9. MariaMaria Angel
    MariaMaria Angel April 17, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I have not pity for him. The problem with wanna lazy ass, young men is a lack of self control, as well as a lack of respect for an honest day’s work.
    He would deserve it if some serious karma comes his way while he is in jail. Let someone kick him in the head and in his ribs etc, so he knows what it feels like. Maybe then he would think twice about doing it to someone else when he is released. Talking foolishness bout he is a young man. He is a NUISANCE. stuspe.

  10. Diana Cummins
    Diana Cummins April 17, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Clearly shows that the criminal have no respect for the judge to be talking such crap, should have been in front judge Judy,,should have gotten maximum ten years,beaten across your fingers every morning for five years,,harsh punishment needed, and who say it is cruel, so what, we have to be more sympathetic to the victims than the useless criminals..

    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks April 17, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Totally agree I was reading this to a friend this morning and they was literally cracking up, they can’t believe the people is so bold and brave in front of the judge

  11. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge April 17, 2015 at 11:05 am

    So he feel them 10 women he rob, especially the one he rob and beat who had a 5 year old child didn’t have lives? They used their lives to earn the stuff he stole from them. 3 years ain’t enough.

  12. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge April 17, 2015 at 11:05 am

    So he feel them 10 women he rob, especially the one he rob and beat who had a 5 year old child didn’t have lives? They used their lives to earn the stuff he stole from them. 3 years ain’t enough.

  13. Kevin April 17, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Cuddear, you can get help for your drug addiction in jail. Place him away from the general prison population so he will not get any access to drugs. Then let nature will take its course and he will undergo withdrawal and come out clean.

  14. Stephen Lovell April 17, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Magistrate Douglas Frederick for president.

  15. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess April 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    To know that u drug up before u perform these hideous acts and can confess doesn’t seem to me like you are stupid, you are just doing stupid things. Common sense would tell u if u leave the drugs, u would leave the criminal life behind. You need to change your friends and your mentality. You say u need help, take the help the magistrate has imposed on u. You have 3yrs to make a drastic change. At 26 you should be able to look back and say, I’m not where i want to be but thank God in not where i use to be!

  16. Otis Boss
    Otis Boss April 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Well well you should be doing 20 years 10 with hard labor

  17. Kim-Marie Donaie
    Kim-Marie Donaie April 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Hold he tight boa


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