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January 18, 2014
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Man on robbery charge denied bail

A man identified via social networking site, Facebook, as being involved in the alleged robbery of a Samsung S2 cellular phone, was denied bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court Tuesday.

Twenty-year-old Mario Firth from Kingston 10 is before the court on a charge of robbery with aggravation and unlawful wounding.

The complainant reportedly used Facebook to identify the accused. The search was made easier due to his distinctive bleached hair.

It is alleged that, on December 28, the complainant, walking along Hope Road, near Devon House, was approached by two men on foot and armed with ratchet knives. The men allegedly held him up and robbed him of his Samsung S2 mobile phone and $7,000.

It is alleged that a struggle ensued and the complainant was stabbed in his right hand. The men escaped into a nearby lane.

A sting operation was set up by the police and Firth was pointed out. The phone was recovered from him.

Firth was ordered to return to court on March 4 for trial.

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