A man who admitted to robbing a woman because his child’s mother wanted milk money will know his fate on July 19.
After pleading with the magistrate and the victim to drop the matter, the man had his matter transferred.
This morning when the matter was called in the courtroom of Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus for sentencing, the defendant, Jason Thomas, 26, known as ‘Curl Up’, said, “I know what I did was wrong. I was under the influence of alcohol but if the victim drop the matter against me, I would never come before another magistrate in my entire life. I have two children and I need another chance.”
The Magistrate, after listening to the defendant, recused herself from the case and transferred the matter to Magistrate Dylon Bess. In turn, Magistrate Bess deferred the matter to July 19, when he will sentence Thomas after a probation report is handed in.
On the last occasion, Thomas, who hails from Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, said, “I get two children and I was frustrated the morning ’cause my child mother told me she have to get milk money so I decided to rob the woman.”
Thomas, who told the court he is a clothing vendor, pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge which stated that, on June 22, 2019, at Regent and Wellington Streets, Georgetown, he stole one gold band valued at $120,000, the property of Claire-Ann Ramberran.
Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Adduni Inniss stated that, on the day in question at around 13:10 hrs, the victim, along with her sister, was walking along Regent Street and was about to cross the street at the intersection of Wellington Street, when Thomas walked up beside her and pulled off her gold band from her right hand.
The court heard that Thomas attempted to run away but an alarm was raised by the victim and her sister. Shortly after, ranks in the area were able to apprehend Thomas.
A search was then carried out on his person and the gold band was found in a pocket of his pants. Hence, he was arrested and taken to the station. While at the station, an identification parade was conducted and Thomas was positively identified by the victim as the person who robbed her.
Thomas, in his explanation to the court at that time, said, “I was frustrated the morning because my child mother told me she have to get milk money and she will carry me to court and summons me.”
A remorseful Thomas added, “ It was a mistake and everybody does make mistakes. Plus she [the victim] get back her band.” Thomas remains on remand until his next court date.