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Thief fires lawyerafter guilty verdict

By Keino Swamber keino.swamber@trinidadexpress.com

A 27-year-old man, who fired his attorney moments after being found guilty of robbery with aggravation, is expected to be sentenced on Thursday by a High Court judge.

Jameel Douglas, of Eastern Main Road, Barataria, told Justice Maria Wilson, in the Sixth Criminal Court at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain, he no longer wanted attorney Vince Charles to represent him.

Attorney Ravi Rajcoomar was then appointed to assist Douglas.

The victim, Roderick Alsaran, testified before the nine-member jury that Douglas put a gun to his head and robbed him of $1,000.

The incident occurred on November 9, 2006, in Barataria.

Alsaran told the court he knew Douglas for approximately six months before the incident, having seen him on mornings riding his bicycle in the Barataria area.

He said he saw Douglas on his bicycle and, shortly after, felt someone standing behind him.

Alsaran said Douglas took the gun from his sweater, put it to his head and told him to "pass the thing".

After relieving Alsaran of his money, Douglas escaped. A report was made at Barataria Police Station.

The court heard that Alsaran, about eight weeks later, saw Douglas near Seventh Street, Barataria. He enlisted the assistance of the police and Douglas was pursued and arrested at Sawmill Avenue in Barataria.

Told of the report by Alsaran, Douglas denied the allegation.

The State is being represented by attorney Anju Bhola.

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