a second handbag thief sent to jail
A 29-year-old man was yesterday jailed for three years after confessing to robbing five women of their handbags at knife-point over a three-week period late last year.
Rommel Jamar Allder of no fixed abode was remanded to HMP Dodds last month following his first court appearance when he denied the robbery charges. He changed his plea yesterday when he reappeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
The first consequence of this decision was that a one-year suspended sentence he got from Magistrate Christopher Birch late last year for having a sword at Fairholme Gardens, Christ Church, kicked in.
Magistrate Frederick then sentenced Allder to four six-month terms, to run consecutively, for committing aggravated robbery against Michelle Clarke, Karen Grumble, Carrie Goodman and Santo Cassandra Castro respectively.
Allder was given a further six months in jail for robbing Dawn Holder, which will run concurrently.
Last November 22, Michelle Clarke was walking along Dayrell’s Road, Christ Church on her way to Golf Club Road when a man rode past her and turned in to that same road.
The woman thought little of it but when she turned on to Golf Club Road, the same man crossed her path, pointed a knife at her and said: “Hand me the bag or get stab.” Clarke handed it to him, according to police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock.
The prosecutor said all of the robberies took place in the same general area. He said Allder’s second victim, Karen Grumble, was walking in the area of the former CXC building, near the Garrison Savannah, on that same date.
After disembarking from a bus, Grumble saw a man riding along that same road on a motorcycle, going toward Dalkeith. She was carrying a handbag at the time.
As she continued on to Dayrell’s Road, she heard the sound of a motorcycle and noticed it was being ridden by the same man who she saw earlier. When he reached beside her, he demanded, “give me the bag”, while reaching into a shirt pocket for a long knife. Grumble handed over her bag.
Clearly not satisfied, Allder made Carrie Goodman his third victim on the same day. She had attended a show at the Hilton Hotel that evening and decided to walk home after she could not get a ride.
It was while she was walking along Bay Street around 10 p.m. that she heard dogs barking. A glance to her left revealed a man sitting on a dark coloured motorcycle and putting on a helmet.
She paid no attention to the person but by the time she reached 1st Avenue Beckles Road, the same man ran from behind and stood in front of her.
“Gimme this bag or leh me juck this in you,” she heard the man say, while placing a knife to her right side. Allder then took Goodman’s bag from her.
In the case of complainant Castro, she was walking along Dayrell’s Road, Christ Church last December 8 when a man passed her walking on the same side but going in the opposite direction. He greeted her and kept walking.
When she got a little further, the same man came from behind and stood in front of her. Pulling a long-blade knife from his waist, Allder demanded: “Gimme de bag and don’t run.” Scared, the woman threw the bag into the air and ran off.
While on her way to work on December 11, 2015, the last victim Dawn Holder was somewhere close to the former CXC building as well, when a man passed her going in the opposite direction. Soon after, she heard a noise and looked back to see the same man behind her with a knife. Allder ordered her to hand over her handbag. When she refused, he began making stabbing motions at her.
Holder eventually handed over her belongings but soon afterwards she saw a man riding in the area and reported the robbery to him. That man, Raymond Cenac, went after Allder and got back Holder’s handbag.
In sentencing Allder, Magistrate Frederick ordered counselling with the hope that the convicted robber’s time in prison would help to rehabilitate him.