Trio on community service for robbery

COURT TODAY BLOCKThree 21-year-old men who robbed a woman of her bag last December were each given 140 hours of community service and placed on a year’s probation.

The trio, that included the woman’s ex-boyfriend, were also told they would have to submit to random drug testing.

Akeem Jodel Myers, of Lot 26 Phase 3, Lammings, St Joseph, who had been in a relationship with the victim Melissa King; Zeico Daniel Delroy Williams of Mason Hall Street, St Michael; and Aa’laire Armanne Seth Rakeem Springer, of Seaview, St James, had all been remanded when they went before the District “A” Magistrates’ Court last December and again in January, pending a pre-sentencing report.

That report showed that the youngsters were sorry for their actions, and had been described by their relatives as followers who got involved with bad company.

When they returned to court today, Magistrate Douglas Frederick considered the report, the age of the robbers, and the fact that they were first-time offenders, in determining how he would punish them.

The facts laid out when the boys pleaded guilty previously were that Myers planned the crime with the others.

Their target was King who was walking along Hincks Street, The City after leaving work on December 18.

When she got close to the BTI car park, she heard a noise and when she looked back, she saw Williams and another man pulling their shirts over their mouths. They reached for her and grabbed at her bag which contained cash, including her week’s pay and bonus.

King struggled with them, but when she fell and Williams kicked her in the face, she let go of the bag and the culprits ran off towards the General Post Office area.

Police later recovered $547.75 of the stolen money.

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