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A fish vendor of Meadow Bank, East Bank Demerara who robbed a man of a hefty sum of cash at gunpoint in broad daylight has been jailed for 60 months.Othello Duncan had spent the past two months as a remand prisoner before he was sentenced on an armed robbery charge by Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts yesterday.On July 25,NFL Jerseys From China, 2013 at the Meadow Bank Wharf, Duncan was armed with a gun when he robbed Hayman Handit of $316,000 in cash.Convicted: Othello DuncanAccording to the Prosecution’s case,Wholesale China NFL Jerseys, on the day in question around 10:30 hrs, Handit was at Meadow Bank, when Duncan and other another individual approached him. Duncan placed a firearm to the victim’s head and demanded that he  “hand over the cheese” while his accomplice,NFL Jerseys Supply, ‘Chippy,’ reportedly cut the man’s pocket and the cash fell.According to Inspector Shellon Daniels, who prosecuted,Wholesale NFL Jerseys China, they picked up the cash and fled the scene. The ordeal lasted for several minutes and Duncan managed to evade the clutches of the police for over a year.On November 8 last year when he was caught and subsequently charged.When he appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, he pleaded not guilty and a trial subsequently got underway before Magistrate Latchman. He was represented by Attorney-at-Law Melville Duke.When called to lead his defence on Wednesday, Duncan offered an unsworn testimony and denied any involvement in the crime.He said every morning he goes to work at 03:00 hours and comes off at 09:00 hours. The fish vendor was granted leave to call two witnesses to testify on his behalf, but no one came forth yesterday.As she ruled,Cheap Jerseys Wholesale, Magistrate Latchman said that she disbelieved that he knew nothing of the crime and said that the conviction was based on the strength of the Prosecution’s case. She believed that Duncan’s intention that day was to deprive Haley of his items and that violence was clearly used to attain that end.She said that the court had considered the evidence presented by the Prosecution and had found Griffith guilty as charged.As focus shifted to antecedents, the court heard that this was the first time Duncan had been charged.Addressing the court during mitigation, Duke said that Duncan is a father of two who works tirelessly to provide for his family. According to him, Duncan had been employed at the Fishery for the past 13 years.He said his client’s imprisonment would be a severe blow to his family and asked the court to be lenient in sentencing. Duke asked the court to consider restitution in lieu of sentencing.In handing down the sentence,Cheap China Jerseys, Magistrate Latchman stated that she had considered the mitigating factors as well as the fact that he had been incarcerated for two months. She considered too that a gun had been used in the commission of the crime, and the prevalence of armed robberies.“I have considered too that there is a need to prevent others from contemplating committing this offence as well as you yourself.” His lawyer gave oral notice of his intentions to appeal the sentence.
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