10-year-old robbed on his way to school

December 01, 2016

The Stadium Gardens police are seeking a man who held up and robbed a 10-year-old student of his cell phone while he was making his way to school yesterday morning.

Information reaching THE STAR is that shortly after 6:30 a.m., the grade-five student of Excelsior Primary was approached by a man on a bicycle, who demanded his cell phone.

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The incident reportedly, took place on Courtney Avenue a few metres away from the school.

Novelette Smith-Rickets, the child's mother, told THE STAR yesterday evening about the incident, and expressed concern not just for her son, but for other children.

"He is very shaken up and sad. I spoke to him about the student who was stabbed to death a few weeks ago for a cell phone so he told me he did not resist when the robber requested the phone," she said.

"Everybody was touched by what happen and how that child died, so we all fear for the children," she added.

THE STAR was told that following yesterday's robbery, the child cried his way to school and notified personnel there about what transpired.

Our news team gathered that Smith-Rickets was summoned to the school and took her son to the police to file a report.

"We were interviewed by two officers who took a signed statement from him. They said the matter is simple larceny," said Smith-Rickets.

The Stadium Gardens police confirmed an official report was made and the matter is being investigated.

This incident comes after third- form Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis was killed in late October after he was robbed of his cell phone.

Just days later, a Camperdown High student was stabbed and robbed of his phone as well.

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