A convicted robber today pleaded guilty to three additional charges of theft when he appeared in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court.
Rommel Jamar Allder, of no fixed place of abode, admitted to robbing Marsha Burke on December 9, 2015 of a handbag and contents valued $3, 841 while armed with a knife.
Allder also owned up to assault with intent to rob Adrianna Newton on December 6, 2015 and to robbing Shanice Ellis on November 11, 2015 of a handbag, cellular phone, credit card, ATM card, a hat, hand sanitizer and padlock totaling $1,851.
He had initially denied those charges five months ago.
However, based on the facts presented by Sergeant Rudolph Burnett, Burke was walking towards Oistins when a silver motorcar with two occupants pulled up alongside side her and stopped.
The front seat passenger exited the car while the complainant was holding her bag on her shoulder. The man then grabbed the bag and a struggled ensued. He pulled out a knife and stabbed at the complainant in his quest to get her to release the bag. He then ran through a track in the Sayers Court area while the driver of the car drove off. Police investigations later resulted in Allder’s arrest.
In the matter involving Ellis, the victim was walking in the Harvest Mart Complex car park heading home when she walked passed Allder. On reaching the end of the car park, she saw a shadow from behind. The man was holding a knife and pulled at her handbag and a struggle ensued. He got the bag, took her phone from her shirt pocket and shoved her to the ground before riding off on a motorcycle.
The following day, Ellis’ bag and some of it contents were discovered in a bushy area next to the road in Pegwell Boggs, Christ Church.
Allder’s third victim, Newton, was travelling in the area of Enterprise Main Road when a man rode passed her on a bicycle going in the opposite direction.
Moments later, the man rode pass again and stopped a short distance away. Newton, who was using her phone at the time, soon realized that the same man was walking behind her. She quickly put away the phone in her pocket, but the man immediately pulled out a knife and said: “Put your phone into the bag and give it to me”. Newton refused.
When he tried to take away the bag, the complainant “chucked” him in the chest and ran into the road trying to stop oncoming traffic, but none stopped.
When the man approached again, the complainant reportedly told him that her boyfriend was a police officer. He backed away and returned to his bicycle.
After hearing the facts, Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale sentenced Allder to 30 months on each offence to run concurrently with the three-year sentence he is already serving at the St Philip penal institution.
“You had every means of transport. You robbed by car, you robbed by motorcycle and by bicycle. Every means of transport. I surprise you didn’t rob by pancart. You need to try and straighten up your act,” Seale told Allder who is set to be released from jail in October 2018.