Two men from the parish of St. George have been remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison until February 18 in connection with an early morning robbery that took place at a local bar in Grand Anse on February 01, leaving the owner nursing non-life threatening stab wounds to his body.
Two days after Cephus Vincent Felix was discharged as a patient from the St. George’s General Hospital last week Monday (February 3), his alleged attackers Andy Patterson, also known as ‘Spirit’ of Belmont St. George, along with another man identified as Leon Jeffery of Grand Anse, appeared unrepresented before Acting Chief Magistrate Teddy St. Louis at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court on a joint indictable charge of Robbery with Violence.
The incident reportedly occurred on February 1 around 7 a.m., inside of the bar, which is operated by the wounded man.
Information reaching THE NEW TODAY is that Felix received several wounds to one of his hands and one of his legs and was robbed of items including jewelry and cash amounting to $2, 517.50, during a physical altercation with the men, who were both armed with knives.
On the occasion of their first court appearance last week Wednesday (February 5) before the Acting Chief Magistrate, who read out the charge to them, the Prosecutor, Police Constable 539 Bing Joseph, requested that the suspects be held on remand at Richmond Hill until the completion of the matter.
The Prosecutor pointing to the strong propensity that the suspects may reoffend if bail is granted to them.
PC Joseph informed the court that Patterson alone has a total of 21 prior convictions including several related to conspiracy, Dangerous Harm, five (5) for Stealing, and one for the offence of Robbery with Violence, which dates back to 2013.
Patterson’s last conviction was recorded in August last year for the offence of Praedial Larceny.
The other suspect, Jeffery has three convictions for the offence of stealing and stealing from a dwelling house.
“If they are granted bail they will continue committing offences of this nature,” PC Joseph told the court.
He told the Acting Chief Magistrate that both suspects are unemployed and have been “committing these offences as a means of survival.”
Additionally, the Police Corporal disclosed that the Prosecution’s case against the men is “very strong and straightforward,” with only two witnesses to give evidence – the complainant and a police officer.
When given the opportunity to speak, Patterson, who was detained last week Sunday at his home in Belmont, just a few minutes’ walk from where Felix operated his bar, admitted his guilt but denied stealing this time around.
“I did not steal anything,” Patterson told the court, and explained that he “did not stab him (the bar operator),” and that “the wounds were accidentally inflicted on the bar operator during a scuffle inside the bar.
The accused denied being unemployed and urged the court to double check with “a guy from Jean Anglais,” whom he works with “doing construction.”
Jeffery, a Baker, from Fenton Village in Grand Anse also refuted claims of being unemployed and also denied being on the scene of the crime.
“I was not part of it,” he told the court as he begged the court to grant bail to him.
“I didn’t touch anything …please I am begging please boss grant me bail,” he told Magistrate St. Louis, who sided with the Police Prosecution team and sent the suspects up to the Richmond Hill prison.
In announcing his decision, the Acting Chief Magistrate informed both suspects that if the matter is not completed on the occasion of the next court date, he will at that time be minded to consider granting bail to them.