A 31 year-old man who claimed that he only acted as the lookout in a robbery at Pirates Cove because he needed money for his pregnant girlfriend and to pay rent, has been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prisons at Dodds until Friday.
Horatio Walter Labodie, of Dunlow Lane, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant Wednesday morning in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court charged with entering the storeroom of Pirates Cove as a trespasser on July 2, 2017, and stealing four cases of brandy valued at $5,357.67.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
Giving the facts of the case, Sergeant Cameron Gibbons revealed that the accused was a former employee of Pirates Cove and had acted as the lookout while others entered the premises and removed the property.
Labodie attempted to explain to Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant Wednesday why he committed the crime.
“The reason why I do it is because my girlfriend is pregnant and I was behind on my rent and the men offered me $1,000 if I kept my mouth shut,” said Labodie, who also asked the court to take into account the assistance he gave to the police in identifying the other persons of interest in the matter.
However, since the other accused persons are in police custody, the magistrate said she preferred to sentence everyone involved on the same date in order “to be fair.”
She then remanded Labodie.