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December 7, 2013
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Man sentenced for robbing cabbie

Rasbert Turner, Portmore Star Writer

A man who held up and robbed a taxi operator of more than $2,000 was sentenced to nine months' hard labour in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court recently.

He is Ralston Reid of 2 East, Greater Portmore.

When the matter was mentioned in court, the accused plead guilty, with explanation. He was given the chance to explain. 'Your honour, I am not really a thief, is just that my working tools were stolen. I got frustrated and it just happened," Reid told the court.

Resident Magistrate Marcia, Dunbar-Green told the accused that his actions was dangerous and criminal. He should have known better.

He was subsequently sentenced to a custodial term by the magistrate, plus $4,000 for being in possession of an offensive weapon.

Allegations are that, on November 6, about 7:30 p.m., the accused was in a taxi when, on reaching the 2 East community, he brandished a knife, placed it at the driver's throat and robbed him of $2,250.

The driver crashed the vehicle in a perimetre fence and the accused jumped from the car and ran.

An alarm was made and Reid was held by persons who handed him over to the police. He was then charged with robbery with aggravation.

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