Bandit begs for leniency, jailed for armed robbery

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A 21-year-old bandit begged Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, for leniency after he confessed to armed robbery and possession of an unlicensed weapon and ammunition.

After hearing his plea of being the sole breadwinner for his family and being the only one to take care of his mother, Steve Williams was sentenced to serve two years imprisonment on three charges.

Williams of Matthew’s Ridge, North West District (NWD) admitted that on November 21, 2018, at Bamboo Landing, NWD, he robbed Deneisha Stoll at gunpoint of three ounces of raw gold valued $660,000, $320,000 in cash and $20,000 in cosmetics, the property of Shauntel Benjamin.

He also admitted that on November 24, 2018, at Hell Hill, NWD he had a 9MM pistol along with one matching live round when he is not a licensed firearm holder.

Police Prosecutor, Gordon Mansfield told the court that Williams worked at the Mabaruma Backdam and Stoll is employed as a Store Clerk by Benjamin.

On November 21, Williams entered the store through a back window and held the woman at gunpoint during the robbery; he escaped into the bush.

The matter was reported to the police who arrested the accused after receiving a ‘tip-off.’

He then took the police to a location at Hell Hill where he handed over $86,000 cash along with 28 penny weight of raw gold along with the gun.

He was sentenced to two years each on the three charges and fined $100,000. The sentences will run concurrently.

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