Sentencing began on Wednesday (23 November) for two Jamaican men who have pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of a Bodden Town store over the summer.
Romario Codner and Paul Martin are convicted of robbing “DND Accessories and Things” on 12 August. In court, crown counsel recounted the story given to police by Mr. Martin about the circumstances that brought him to Cayman and to the scene of the robbery.
Mr. Martin told police that he was invited to be part of a boat ride with four other men who were headed to Grand Cayman to deliver “some stuff” at an offshore location. He said the contact never showed up and the men decided to land the boat, and they eventually were led to an abandoned house for a few days. Eventually, Mr. Martin said, he went with Mr. Codner on a car trip that ended with the decision to stake out and rob the store. He claims not to be part of the planning of the robbery and only went along because he was lost on an island where he had never been and had no place else to go.
Crown Counsel also told the story of the robbery from the perspective of the clerk who is reportedly still traumatised by the incident. Authorities say Mr. Codner pointed a weapon at the clerk, jumped over the counter, took a money bag and left while Mr. Martin waited by the door as a lookout. Police say Mr. Codner’s fingerprints were later found on the counter and the bag. The robbery netted $2,136. The weapon was not recovered.
The two men remain in custody until a sentence is handed down on 14 December.