Nine years after entering a store and robbing a woman of cash and jewellery, Anthony Wayne ‘Darkman’ Bovell confessed to committing the crime when he stood today before Justice Michelle Weekes in the No.2 Supreme Court.
The convicted man, who is currently on remand, pleaded guilty to stealing a cellular phone belonging to Janet Page-Phillips and $764. 72 belonging to Shane Johnson on January 20, 2007, while having an imitation firearm in his possession at the time.
A week later, Bovell told police that “it is me that rob that white woman”. He also gave police investigators a written statement explaining how he left home on January 20, 2007 because he was broke and needed money to support his daughter.
With that in mind, he took up a “mock gun” which he found days before and made his way to Pelican Village, The City. While there, he saw a woman working alone in the Tortuga Barbados store. He went inside, looked around and left.
Bovell soon returned with the ‘gun’ which he pointed at Page-Phillips before demanding money from the cash register and her cellular phone as well. He also made Page-Phillips lie on the floor while he escaped with his takings.
The thief then changed his shirt at the back of the building, leaving it and the gun behind.
Police later retrieved the stolen phone from a female on Swan Street, who said her boyfriend had bought it for her.
The court also heard today that Bovell has four previous convictions for burglary, rape and gun and ammunition possession.
Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale said the Crown was “well aware that Bovell has spent the last 12 years in prison”. He therefore asked the court to request a report from that institution that would address Bovell’s conduct during that time.
Bovell’s attorney Mohia Ma’at agreed with the suggestion and added that once the report was presented, he would mitigate on that occasion as well.
The matter will come up again on March 14.