20 years' imprisonment for $3,932 loot in Ja's second bank robbery
Crimes that Rocked the Nation
TWO young men were sentenced to 20 years in prison for a $3,932 loot when they staged Jamaica's second bank robbery at the then Bank of London and Montreal (Jamaica) Ltd at 13 Constant Spring Road, Half-Way-Tree on March 2, 1971.
Cecil Gibson, 22, casual worker of 17 First Street, Kingston 12 and Glenford Blair, 20, casual worker of a Trench Town, Kingston, address, received the stiff sentences from Senior Puisne Judge Uriah Nathaniel Parnell, referred to as 'Judge Dread', in a retrial of the case in the No 1 Home Circuit Court in 1972.
The first trial had taken place before Justice Wilkie and a jury who imposed a similar sentence which was appealed by Gibson, represented in the Appeal Court by attorney Hugh Small (now QC).
In the retrial ordered by the Appeal Court, it was alleged by the Crown that three men, one armed with a gun, held up...
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Sybil E Hibbert is a veteran journalist and retired court reporting specialist. She is also the wife of Retired ACP Isadore 'Dick' Hibbert, rated among the top Jamaican detectives of his time. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.