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February 3, 2014
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Thief sentenced for snatching money

Nine months' imprisonment was the sentence handed down to a man in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, who stole money from a service station attendant.

Charged with simple robbery is David Lawford.

The court heard that on Friday, January 18, 2014, about 11 a.m., the police responded to a call at a Shell service station on Hagley Park Road.

The complainant in the matter told the police that she was robbed of approximately $4,200 by the accused.

Lawford, who tried to escape, was nabbed by the complainant's co-worker and handed over to the police, who subsequently arrested and charged him.

Senior Resident Magistrate (RM) Judith Pusey was quite alarmed at the number of robbery charges to come to court and as a result told Lawford that he needed to be made an example of, despite pleas of leniency from his attorney.

The attorney explained that it was out of hunger that Lawford did what he had done; however, the Senior RM would hear none of it and ordered that he do nine months.

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