The Star (Jamaica)

Man robs schoolboy of smartphone and $150


Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque blasted a man who robbed a high school student at the Half

Way Tree Transporta­tion Centre in broad daylight. Raheme Dixon, 19, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery with aggravatio­n in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday. It was reported that on April 12 at 3 p.m., the complainan­t was at the transport centre when he observed five people walking towards him. A man later identified as Dixon approached him and asked if he had a phone or any money. The schoolboy said no. He was approached again by Dixon sometime later. Dixon reportedly asked him to buy a drink. The court heard that the complainan­t removed $150 from his wallet as well as his Samsung Galaxy J2 cellular phone and handed over both items to Dixon as he feared for his life. The complainan­t indicated that at that time, Dixon and four other men surrounded him. Dixon was later pointed out by the complainan­t and handed over to the police at the Half-Way Tree Police Station.

“Your victim was a child, someone in uniform. Other persons were there in the transporta­tion centre, lots of persons would have been there I am thinking at 3 p.m. So, this is very bold and brazen,” ColeMontaq­ue commented. She requested a social enquiry report to assist with arriving at the most appropriat­e sentence. She then revoked Dixon’s bail. He is to return to court on July 14.

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