A 23-year-old man lost his freedom today, three months after he robbed another man at knifepoint.
Harlem Darin Anthony Small, of 3rd Avenue Bibby’s Lane, St Michael, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Douglas Frederick to robbing Paul Narine of $1,640 cash and a $400 cellular phone.
Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim said Narine was leaving a bathroom in the Nursery Drive bus terminal on March 17 when he encountered Small who told him that he had dropped an item.
As Narine turned around, three other men entered the bathroom and closed the door. Small then placed a flick knife to Narine’s throat and told him not to move before relieving him of his property.
The matter was reported to police, but only the phone was recovered. A restitution order has been granted for the device to be returned to Narine.
The first-time offender told Magistrate Douglas Frederick, “I got into this basically because of bad company”.
However the magistrate told him that the offence was very serious as it was committed in a public place.
“This is a dangerous thing. A flick knife, four men. I don’t know if this is an ongoing enterprise and you only now got caught. I can’t let you go because I have society to protect. This is a serious thing,” the magistrate stressed.
He then ordered a pre sentencing report on Small’s life.
The accused will remain on remand at Dodds and return to the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on July 24.