Two men who recently completed jail sentences were yesterday sent back to prison – this time for four years, after they were found guilty on a larceny charge which alleged that they stole $13.1M worth in jewellery from a store.
The sentencing was handed down by Senior Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Patrick Smith, 46, of Albouystown, and Linton Trotman, 26, of Guyhoc Park, Georgetown had both denied the charge which stated that between January 10, 2019 and January 11, 2019, at Georgetown, they broke into Bassant’s Trading and stole a quantity of jewellery valued $13.1M, property of Bissondyal Deosingh.
Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh stated that the owner secured his business on January 10, 2019 and went to bed. The court heard that the following day, the owner observed the safe tampered with and the jewellery mentioned in the charge along with documents were missing.
The matter was then reported to the police, and upon viewing the CCTV footage, investigators were able to arrest three persons in connection with the crime. The Prosecutor told the court that Trotman was found with $410,000 in cash, while Smith was found with $2M.
A third man whose name has been given as Elton King was later arrested and he admitted to dropping off Trotman and Smith and waiting for them at the business place with his motor car.
He admitted to the police that he received a payment of $1.3M, however he denied involvement in the crime.
Based on advice from the Director of Public Prosecutor (DPP), no charge was recommended for King, hence he was used as a key witness in the prosecution’s case.