A man who has been labelled a serial robber was on Friday slapped with a two-year prison sentence when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
Twenty-nine-year-old Damian Lewis, who has 19 previous convictions for robbery, was taken into custody and charged with robbery with aggravation after he held up a woman and stole her cellular phone and handbag.
On Friday he pleaded guilty to the charge, prompting Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey to ask how long he planned on staying in prison.
"It is up to you," Lewis answered nonchalantly before the sentence was handed down.
The court heard that on July 17 at about 5:25 am, the complainant was walking with her Samsung cellular phone, valued at $2,500, when Lewis grabbed it from her hand.
The court also heard that he then pulled a knife on her and took away her handbag, which contained $4,000 cash, among other personal items. He escaped on foot.
However, he was arrested shortly after by the police who responded quickly to the complainant's call.
When Lewis was taken into custody, he told the police that he had hidden the bag and was taken to the location where it was recovered, the court was told.