Teen remanded on robbery charge

COURT TODAY BLOCKMagistrate Douglas Frederick did not believe teenager Oranile Holder had any reason to commit theft.

So therefore as punishment for robbing Pat Blackman of her two gold chains, he remanded Holder to prison for the next four weeks.

When the 19-year-old resident of Cumberbatch Road, Fairfield Road, St Michael appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today, he pleaded guilty to robbing Blackman of the two chains valued $1,820 on June 25, 2015.

When the magistrate asked him if he had anything to say, the first-time offender quickly apologized saying he was sorry for his actions.

But when questioned by Frederick, Holder said he had been employed, had no children and lived at home with his mother where he paid no rent.

“That means you were intent on committing this act,” Frederick told him just before sending him to HMP Dodds pending receipt of a pre-sentencing report.

According to police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock, on the day in question Blackman went to Channell’s Supermarket, Black Rock, St Michael, before making her way home.

As she was walking opposite the old Black Rock Police Station, she looked back and saw a man walking behind her wearing a blue scarf around his face.

Moments later, she received a blow to her chest and Holder grabbed the chains from around her chest and ran off.

She gave pursuit, but he escaped.

Investigations were carried out and Holder was charged.

Neither of the chains was recovered.

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