Convict Patrick Oneal Moore today declared that the “watchman is just as good as the thief” as he took responsibility for his role in a robbery committed back in 2014.
The 48-year-old, from River Land, St Philip made the comment as he addressed the No. 2 Supreme Court.
He had just pleaded guilty to robbing Erskine Hinds, a sales representative, of two cases of cigarettes, three cheques and $120 cash totaling $10, 475 in value and belonging to Bryden Stokes Limited on December 5, 2014.
Senior Crown Counsel Olivia Davis who outlined the facts of the case said Moore, alias Packy Ranks, told police in a statement, “All I did was to supply these men with clothes and a mask. I did not go anywhere with these men to rob anybody.”
The convict, who is represented by Michael Lashley Q.C., also disclosed that he was on a block in Lynches when he heard about a robbery of a cigarette van in Bequest, St Philip.
“I could not believe that these men went and rob somebody in my district,” he said in the statement.
The following day, the same men informed him that lawmen would come looking for him because they chased them after the robbery in Bequest and they were forced to “pelt out the clothes” and “my cellular phone that had drop [out] my pocket when I got into the car these men had”.
Moore gave a similar account in the court this afternoon.
“What I want to say is that I cooperated with the police and I told the truth. I didn’t went and actually commit the robbery sir I didn’t have any firearm or anything like that.
“I assist them, give them the mask and whats not but they say the watchman is just as good as the thief. I am apologizing for my role that I played sir. I accept responsibility sir,” Moore told Justice Randall Worrell. He returns to court on Monday, March 2.