Bada Bing robber gets year extra on appeal

POSTED: 11/29/12 3:09 PM

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice sentenced Jimmey Dave Ramsahai yesterday on appeal to 4 years imprisonment for an armed robbery on adult entertainment club Bada Bing on March 7 of last year. In First Instance Ramsahay was sentenced to 36 months. The court also sentenced him to pay back $18,347 to Bada Bing owner Jaap van den Heuvel and to pay the cost the latter still has to make to execute the verdict.

On April 5 former Bada Bing bookkeeper Sonia Lupu was sentenced on appeal to 4 years as well, after the lower court had sentenced her to just 30 months with 10 months suspended.

Ramsahai and Lupu made the plan to rob Bada Bing after the Regatta-weekend of the club’s proceeds when Lupu would take the money to the bank in the company of a security guard. A third accomplice, Kenny Douglas, did the actual robbing under threat with a gun.

Douglas has been deported to St. Kitts, but before his departure he made a statement to police that Ramsahay had approached him to take part in the robbery.

The court considered Douglas’s confession credible, because it fits with statements made by the security guard who was in the car with Lupu when the robbery took place. Lupu made a brief phone call to Ramsahay shortly before she left with the money for the bank. The court took this call as a signal to the robbers to be ready.

The appeals court ruled that Ramsahay played “a crucial organizing role” in the robbery by maintaining intensive contact with Lupu. He also supplied Douglas with a gun.

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