Man previously jailed for robbing cop gets bail on similar charge

A man who was sentenced to 50 months’ imprisonment back in 2018, after pleading guilty to robbing a Policeman, has found himself again before the court on a similar charge.

Robbery accused Darren Bailey

Darren Bailey was on Wednesday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he pleaded not guilty to two robbery-under-arms charges. The first charge stated that on February 14 at America Street, Georgetown, while armed with a gun, he robbed Renaldo Thorne of an iPhone 6 valued at $41,800, and of $1,800 in cash.
The second charge alleged that on the same day and at the said location, he robbed Steve Ramsubhaj of one Apple haversack valued at $4,000, a BLU cellphone valued at $19,000, and $1000 in cash.
Bailey was placed on bail in the sum of $50,000, and the cases will continue on February 24.
In March 2018, Bailey was handed a 50 months’ jail sentence by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman, before whom he appeared and pleaded guilty to robbing a Policeman.
The facts stated that Bailey carried out the daring robbery on March 2, 2018 at Hincks Street, Georgetown. At the time of the robbery, he was armed with a pair of scissors. He relived the cop of his cellphone and $240.
Bailey had told the Magistrate he was at the Plaisance Bus Park in Georgetown when he mistook the Police officer for someone from the interior who reportedly owed him. “I pulled out my scissors to take back my goods,” he told the court.
Following the robbery, the Policeman and his colleagues went to the Stabroek Market area and found Bailey standing under the clock. He was arrested and the cop’s belongings were found in his possession. Given the serious nature and prevalence of the offence, Magistrate Latchman had jailed him for 50 months. (G1)