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July 18, 2014
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Manchester robber gets two years

The Manchester police are reporting that 19-year-old Richard Whyte, otherwise called 'Richie', of West Road, Manchester, was convicted of robbery with aggravation when he appeared in the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court last Friday, and sentenced to two years at hard labour.

This conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred about 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, during which a Belgium national was robbed of her handbag, cellular phone, camera, and a quantity of cash while walking along Hargreaves Avenue in Mandeville, Manchester.

The matter was reported to the police who acted quickly and went to a location in Porus where a man fitting the description given by the complainant was seen and accosted. The stolen items were found in his possession and the man subsequently identified by the complainant.

The matter was expeditiously dealt with and Whyte was placed before the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court where he was tried and convicted on July 10.

The victim, who has since left the island, has expressed her sincere gratitude to the police for their quick actions, which led to the recovery of her valuables.

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