Dwayne Antonio King was slapped with a seven-year prison sentence for several counts of aggravated burglary and robbery.
King, who is in his 20s, is from Bayfield, St Philip. He admitted last year in Supreme Court No. 5 to committing the offences at several business places between December 2011 and May 2012.
King robbed two gas attendants who were working the night shift at Texaco, Four Roads, St Philip of $628.43 and $894.20. He was armed.
He and two accomplices also entered Teddy’s Mini-Mart at East Point, St Philip, emptied the cash register which had $850 and grabbed a bottle of Old Brigand rum, all while armed with a firearm.
They also targeted JJ’s Variety, an establishment owned by Jippy Doyle, and made off with $436.27. An employee was hit in the eye with a gun during that crime.
King then moved over to St John, where he robbed Cross Bar, located at Massiah Street and owned by Anthony Waldron, of $3 500, while carrying a firearm.
King and his men also hit Chefette, Wildey and stole $483; as well as a handbag, a cellular phone, earrings, a bracelet, a purse and $1 620 belonging to Sheena Stafford. He was also armed in that incident.
In imposing sentence, Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius reprimanded King for using a firearm to rob people and business establishments.
“The court finds that you have had a career in crime that [surpasses] your youthful years . . . The use of a firearm in the commission of these offence negatively exposed the public, and specifically the employees of these business establishments, to serious injury, not to mention tremendous fear and apprehension,” she said.
The judge also maintained that the crimes caused employees who were making an honest living to be fearful of working the shift system.
“Persons were injured in the commission of these offences . . . . The prevalence of such violence is not to be condoned,” Justice Cornelius said as she described King as “a proverbial badman”, given the manner in which the heists were planned and executed.
However, she took into account that King, who was 18 years old at the time, cooperated with the police, expressed genuine remorse, had taken the initiative to better himself during his time on remand, and had entered early guilty pleas.
For each count of the two counts of aggravated burglary, Justice Cornelius sentenced King to seven years behind bars, to run concurrently; and for each count of robbery, four years in prison. The latter sentences will also run concurrently.
Taking into account the mitigating and aggravating factors and his 1,623 days already spent on remand, King now has two years, 292 days left at HMP Dodds.
He was also ordered to attend the drug counselling programme as well as vocational programmes in his areas of interest at the prison.