For his role in trying to put a plastic bag over a man’s head and robbing him, Junior Nathaniel Beckles was sentenced to 12 months at HMP Dodds.
On his previous court appearance, the 54-year-old, of Combermere Street, St Michael, had pleaded not guilty to robbing Tyrone Beckles on April 17, 2018, of a Samsung J2 cellular phone valued $500, along with $910.88 in cash and a watch valued $80.
However, when he returned to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today, he changed his plea and owned up to the offence.
Prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons told the court that the complainant was socializing at a bar in Nelson Street, and around 3:10 a.m., he asked for a ride to his home in Beckwith Street.
As he sat in the passenger seat of the parked car, the accused and another man tried to put a plastic bag over his head.
A struggle ensued and the complainant was cuffed in his face. The accused then pushed his hand through the window and took the cellular phone, the money and the watch before running off.
The matter was reported to police and the accused was subsequently picked out in an identification parade.
“I plead guilty because I did it . . . . I don’t normally walk in court and plead guilty. I really sorry about this case. I am sincerely sorry for this one,” he told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sergeant.
“I would like you to be lenient on me and look at giving me probation.”
However, the magistrate stopped him in his tracks, telling him he would have to spend some time in prison.
“Don’t ask for a fine, community service or probation because you do not qualify. You know where you will continue to reside,” she said.
When told that she was considering a sentence of 18 months, the repeat offender sighed.
“At 54 [years old], 18 months too long for me,” was his response.
The magistrate then sentenced him to 12 months in prison with the month he has already spent on remand to be taken into consideration.