A 23-year-old labourer was on Friday sentenced to six years imprisonment by Magistrate Fabayo Azore after confessing to escaping from the Cove and John Police Station along with counts of armed robbery.
Kelvin Wilkinson called ‘Kevin’ of Hope, East Enmore, East Coast Demerara, appeared at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court hours after being re-arrested by the police.
Particulars of the first charge alleged that, on February 20, 2019, Wilkinson, while being armed with a weapon, robbed Ramnarace Somar. The second charge alleged that on May 10, 2019, Wilkinson, while being armed with a weapon, robbed Kusilica Bhagwandin.
The last charge alleged that on May 16, 2019, Wilkinson, while being in custody at Cove and John Police Station on criminal charges, escaped. Wilkinson, who was unrepresented, pleaded guilty to the three charges and was handed a two-year sentence on each charge. However Magistrate Azore ordered that the sentencing run concurrently.
According to reports, on May 16, 2019, Wilkinson was in police custody at the Cove and John Police Station on two robbery under arms charges, pending a court appearance. Wilkinson, while being prepared for his court appearance, escaped from the police station. The police then launched a manhunt for him and after receiving intelligence, they went to his sister’s home where they were first met with resistance, during which time Wilkinson tried to slip away through the alleyway but was nabbed.