St. Michael man remanded for knife-point robbery
Of the four men who robbed a man at knife-point while the victim was in public bathroom, one of the perpetrators was remanded to prison when he appeared in court on Tuesday.
Twenty-three year old Hakeem Daron Anthony Small of 3rd Avenue, Bibbys Lane, St Michael pleaded guilty to robbing Paul Narine of $1,640 in money and a cellphone worth $400. Magistrate Douglas Frederick, who resided in the District "A" Magistrates' Court remanded him until July 24.
On March 17, Narine was in the bathroom at the Nursery Drive Terminal and as he attempted to leave, Small entered and told him he had dropped something.
Narine turned his back to see if this was indeed so and three other men entered and closed the door. Small approached Narine with a knife, put it to his throat and told him not to move. He and the three other men then robbed him of the money and cellphone. The matter was reported to police and Small apprehended. A restitution order was granted yesterday for the cellphone.
"How did you get into this type of behavior? Four men robbing a man with a knife in a public place," Magistrate Frederick questioned.
Small attributed his behavior to getting mixed up in "bad company". The magistrate told the first time offender that he should have said "no" when he was encouraged to commit the crime.
Magistrate Frederick said the offence was one of a serious nature.
"This is a robbery...a dangerous thing, suppose he ]Narine] fought back and you stabbed him?"
"I don't know if this is drugs or an ongoing enterprise and you never got caught. This is not like riding a bicycle without a helmet... this is a serious thing. I have society to protect and I can't let you out," the magistrate added before ordering a pre-sentencing report.