Armed robber sentenced to five years imprisonment

POSTED: 08/11/11 12:03 PM

St. Maarten – The Court in First Instance sentenced 23-yar-old Kerry Julian Wilson to 5 years imprisonment yesterday for two armed robberies. Wilson robbed a man of his gold chain on April 11, and on May 7 he stole a backpack containing $500 from another man who was staying at Joshua’s Guesthouse on Back Street. In both cases, Wilson used a gun to threaten his victims.

The first robbery took place on April 11 around a quarter past nine on Front Street. The victim was at the crossroad of Midtown and Front Street when Wilson came up to him from an alley brandishing a silver colored gun.
“He came up to me and said don’t fucking move and give me the fucking chain,” the victim told police.
Wilson put the gun against his victim’s head, ripped the chain of his neck and ran off. A witness who saw the robbery identified Wilson as the perpetrator. A second witness, who wanted to remain anonymous told police also that he has known Wilson for years and that he believed him to be the robber.
“I was astonished when I saw it happened. I could not believe my eyes,” he said in a statement that was submitted to the judge of instruction.

The second crime took place on May 7 at Joshua’s Guesthouse on Back Street. The victim told police that he had left his room around eight thirty when he was accosted by two men. They were unmasked so the victim was able to give police a detailed description. Wilson pointed a gun at him and told him to go back in his room, but the victim managed to escape and alert the people at the supermarket below. Later he discovered that the men had taken his backpack from the room; it contained $500. At the police station he recognized Wilson as one of the robbers.
Even though the court acquitted Wilson of a third charge – possession of a firearm – Judge Mr. M. Keppels followed prosecutor Mr. J.C.G. van der Wulp’s demand and sentenced Wilson to 5 years imprisonment.

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