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Marabella man jailed for ‘terrifying crime’

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Marabella man jailed for ‘terrifying crime’

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Víctor Gill Ramirez banquero

A 32-year-old Mara­bel­la man who robbed and ter­ror­ized a fam­i­ly dur­ing a home in­va­sion has to serve a year, three months and ten days to com­plete his sen­tence.

Victor Gill Ramirez

Jus­tice Car­la Brown-An­toine sen­tenced Ke­ston Sim­mons on Tues­day af­ter he plead­ed guilty to two counts of rob­bery with ag­gra­va­tion, three counts of shoot­ing with in­tent, pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion and pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

The sen­tences in­clud­ed ten years each on the first five counts and six years and eight months each on the firearm and am­mu­ni­tion charges.

How­ev­er, the sen­tences were re­duced af­ter the time he spent in cus­tody which was eight years, eight months and 20 days, and the one-third dis­count for his guilty plea was ap­plied.

The home in­va­sion took place on Ju­ly 12, 2007, at Gopaul Lands, West Mara­bel­la.

Ac­cord­ing to the facts, short­ly af­ter 7 pm Sim­mons and two oth­er men en­tered through the front door. Two of the men were armed with a gun while the oth­er had a cut­lass. Sim­mons had his face par­tial­ly cov­ered with a ban­dana.

At the time a woman, her daugh­ter, grand­daugh­ter, and nephew were at home. One of them point­ed a gun at the grand­daugh­ter and threat­ened to shoot her. Dur­ing the in­ci­dent, they al­so point­ed a gun at the daugh­ter’s head and put the cut­lass at their necks.

The as­sailants stole a $68 pair of spec­ta­cles, $1,595 com­put­er, $650 cell­phone, $2,500 cam­corder, CAN $2,000, IPOD, a cig­a­rette lighter and a quan­ti­ty of jew­ellery. When the nephew saw the men, he hid in the bath­room but even­tu­al­ly opened the door be­cause one of the men was bang­ing the door and or­der­ing him to come out. When one of the rob­bers re­alised that he (nephew) was hold­ing his cell­phone, he shout­ed to his ac­com­plices that they need­ed to leave be­cause the man (nephew) called the po­lice. While flee­ing the house, they en­coun­tered the po­lice and be­gan run­ning.

One of the men shot at of­fi­cers, who re­turned fire.

Sim­mons and an­oth­er man were in­jured while the third man es­caped. Po­lice found mon­ey and a quan­ti­ty of jew­ellery in the Sim­mons’s pants.

In pass­ing sen­tence in the San Fer­nan­do Third As­sizes, Browne-An­toine felt that in terms of ter­ri­fy­ing crimes, a home in­va­sion was sec­ond to mur­der.

“It is one of the most ter­ri­fy­ing types of crimes that can be com­mit­ted,” she said.

Sim­mons al­so had three pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for house­break­ing, ware­house break­ing, and mar­i­jua­na pos­ses­sion.

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