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Teenager gets two years in juvenile facility for phone robbery

Saturday, July 12, 2014    

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A 16-year-old schoolboy who held up another schoolboy and robbed him of a cellular phone will be spending the next two years of his life in a juvenile facility, while his 19-year-old accomplice will be spending the next nine months in prison.

The defiant-looking teenager appeared in court dressed in short pants, which forced Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey to ask why he was dressed like that.

"A four time dis morning me tell him fi go tek it off an' him come same way," his mother told the court. The teenager, she said, was disobedient to her.

The 16-year-old and his accomplice, Osive Brown, were both sentenced on Thursday by RM Pusey after they pleaded guilty to robbery with aggravation when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Both were arrested after they held up the complainant with a knife along Ocean Boulevard in downtown Kingston and robbed him of his Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 cellular phone.

Brown had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge but the minor, when questioned, said he was present at the time of the robbery. Brown then told the court that he was there but he was not the one who stole the phone.

"You're guilty of aiding and abetting and can be sentenced like a prime offender," the magistrate said, adding that his presence at the time of the robbery had helped to intimidate the complainant and that he was just as guilty as the juvenile.

She then told both accused that they were not going home, and sentenced Brown to nine months in prison while issuing a correctional order for the juvenile.

"Him not going home with you 'cause you can't manage him," she said to the juvenile's mother.

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