Alleged robbers found hiding under truck

January 27, 2022

Two alleged robbers who were caught hiding under a truck were on Tuesday sentenced for breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Orlando Edwards, 26, and Jermaine Robinson, 32, pleaded guilty to breaching the nightly curfew. The court heard that on January 4 at 1:50 a.m., police received reports of two men hiding under a truck along Water Lane in Kingston.

Robinson and Edwards were subsequently arrested and charged.

Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague condemned the actions of the men, stressing the need to send a deterrent to the public.

"It [the fine] has to be substantial because this court is very aware that part of the sentence, especially at this time, sentences for breaching the curfew must be a deterrent when the figures are so high for COVID-19. What is the positivity rate now, 60 something per cent? That is frightening," the judge stressed.

As of January 24, Jamaica recorded a positivity rate of 46 per cent and 754 new cases. However, on January 13, the island recorded a positivity rate of 68.6 per cent, an all-time high since the first recorded case in March 2020.

Cole-Montague imposed a sentence of $90,000 fine or six months' imprisonment. The men are to return to court on February 8 to answer to robbery charges.

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