Man admits to robbing Cuban national out of ‘frustration’

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A man, who told the court that he robbed a Cuban national out of frustration, was sentenced to one-year imprisonment on Friday after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Storm Anthony Clarke appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly and admitted that on August 22, 2019, at Lance Gibbs Street, Queenstown, while being armed with an ice-pick he robbed Carlos Santana of a wallet, local and foreign currency, two Cuban identification cards and a driver’s license – totaling $16,640.

“Sorry for what I have done… the only reason I did it was because I was frustrated,” the unrepresented man told the court.

According to reports, on the day in question, Santana and his wife [both Cuban nationals] were walking along Lance Gibbs Street when they were attacked.

The court heard that Clarke pointed the ice-pick at them and demanded their valuables. The accused pushed his hands into Santana’s pocket and relieved him of the items mentioned in the charge.

Clarke was apprehended by public-spirited persons when he attempted to escape.

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