Schoolboy, 14, charged with kidnapping and robbery
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A 14-year-old boy and three men appeared in court yesterday, jointly charged with kidnapping and robbery with violence.
The boy, a primary school pupil, was represented by attorney Jason Jackson.
He entered a not guilty plea before First San Fernando Magistrate Indra Ramoo-Haynes.
His three co-accused pleaded guilty.
Court prosecutor Clegon Seedan said that on September 5 at Elizabeth Street, Vistabella, in the vicinity of Classic Seamen Restaurant and Bar (formerly called Villa Capri), the accused teenager and defendants Steve Bhagan, Steve Vialva and Christian Belasco approached victims Xavier Thompson and Kareema Ali.
They stole an iPhone worth $5,000 and a gold hand band worth $4,000 from Thompson, and proceeded to rob Ali of $500.
Seedan said the defendants bundled Thompson into his Hilux motor vehicle and forced him to go to a Republic Bank ATM in Marabella to withdraw the maximum of $2,500.
Police Constable Aneil Frankbull, along with other officers, later stopped a grey Nissan B-13 motor vehicle at First Street, Harmony Hall, Gasparillo and Thompson identified Bhagan and Vialva as two of the men who had earlier robbed him.
The suspects were taken into police custody.
On September 6, Belasco went to the Marabella Police Station and was placed on an identification parade together with Bhagan and Vialva. They were positively identified by the victims.
Representing Belasco, 20, attorney Ainsley Lucky said his client worked on construction sites and as a part- time gardener. Lucky said he was informed by Belsaco that he was intoxicated at the time of the crime, but was remorseful for his actions. He asked that a non-custodial sentence be imposed on Belasco.
Bhagan, 25, was represented by Shaun Tikasingh, who also told the court that his client informed him that he too was intoxicated and got into an argument with the men over some women living in the area.
Vialva, 24, who was not represented by an attorney, apologised for his actions.
Ramoo-Haynes said the accused were “nocturnal predators” who pounced on their victims while they were liming.
She sent the three men to prison for two years each.
The 14-year-old was remanded to the Youth Training Centre (YTC) in Arouca.