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I wasn't at my ethical self, young phone thief tells court

Monday, June 09, 2014    

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TWO schoolboys, who held up two schoolgirls with knives and robbed one of them of her Blackberry cellular phone, were last Thursday warned by Senior Registrate Magistrate Judith Pusey to ensure that they aced their Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) exams or their sentencing in August will not be favourable.

Eighteen-year-old Kareem Wilson of George Heights in St Andrew and his 17-year-old schoolmate were arrested and charged with robbery with aggravation after they held up the complainant on May 28 along Collins Green Avenue, Kingston 5.

Wilson, who is in fifth form, is sitting nine subjects while the other teenager, who is in the tenth grade, is sitting two subjects.

On Thursday when they appeared in court, Wilson admitted that he was guilty while his friend told the court that he was present during the robbery, but was not involved.

Wilson, in his defence, told the court, that "I wasn't at my ethical self at the time."

But senior RM Pusey told him that because he was acting below his ethical standards, did not mean that he should not be punished as what they did was wrong and that they are thieves.

The complainant, whose phone was robbed, then told the magistrate that Wilson held a knife at her side and told her to give the phone to his friend.

Pusey then stated that she wanted to live long enough to see schoolchildren going on field trips to the morgue to see the result of gunshot and knives before instructing an officer to take them over to the police lock-up for them to see what prison was like.

On their return, the minor told Pusey that it was not his intention to rob the complainant as he had two CXCs to sit and a sick father to care for.

"If you have two CXCs to do and a sick father to care for why you gone thief phone?" Pusey asked.

The magistrate then warned them that they should go and ensure that they passed all their exams as their failure could result in them ending up in prison.

"So you have to worry about me while oonu studying," she said to them.

"Mek sure me see beautiful A's and B's or different consideration will arise," Pusey warned the boys before extending their bails for them to return to court on August 31.

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