Robbers Don’t Get Fines--Court

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Published: August 04, 2017 7:05 pm AST
Two of the defendants Tristan Liburd (brown shirt) and Jaquan Reid (Cream shirt)
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Four men facing robbery charges have been remanded to prison, after Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards informed them that their actions are no minor offenses.

The four men—Tristan Liburd, 34, Stephen Harrigan, 22, Jequan Reid, 19, and Richard Freeman, made an appearance before the Magistrate’s Court today, August 4, following their recent arrest.

Unsympathetically, Magistrate Richards told the men that robbery is one offense that puts the community in deep fear, adding that it is also not an offense taken lightly in the court.

“Robbers don’t get fines, they get lengthy time in prison. Robbers take so much from the society.”

Subsequently, bail for the four men was denied.

According to the allegations, the men robbed another male, in the vicinity of the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park in Road Town.

The victim, who had just arrived in Tortola from Virgin Gorda, collected a package in Road Town, said to contain cash and other items.

While walking between the park and the First Caribbean Bank, he was allegedly approached by one of the men, who started to wrestle him for the bag.

The court heard he was warned by one of the assailants of a weapon in his possession, to which the victim quickly let go of the bag.

The men then made their escape through town on scooters, all while wearing masks.

CCTV footage of the incident was recovered, where the men were seen and identified before and after the incident.

Under police questioning, all the men denied the allegations, but quickly changed their stance after videos were viewed.

Harrigan admitted to the allegation soon after and told officers that he was contacted by Liburd and informed about the plan.

It was disclosed that Harrigan is the one who requested assistance from the other two.

All the men will make another appearance on October 2.
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