Accused armed robber wants to plead guilty
A man accused of armed robbery asked for a speedy trial when he appeared before a magistrate yesterday.
Dondre Ramsey, 23, of Cox Street, Fox Hill, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney on a single count of armed robbery.
Prosecutors say Ramsey robbed Daswell Bevans of two Samsung S8 phones, a dirt bike, a Cartier watch, a David Yurman bracelet and a tray of fashion jewelry on May 14.
Ramsey did not enter a plea to the charge since the case can only be tried in the Supreme Court.
Prosecutors plan to fast-track the hearing with a voluntary bill of indictment.
Ramsey did not have a lawyer. He asked the magistrate for an expedited hearing because he intended to plead guilty.
McKinney said that the director of public prosecutions would be informed of his intentions.
Ramsey returns to court on July 31. He has been remanded to the Bahamas Department of Corrections.
A teenager who appeared in the same court was fined $5,000 after he admitted to housebreaking and stealing.
Maurice Pinder, 19, broke into Antonio Clarke’s home at Freetown Lane between October 24, 2017 and October 25, 2017.
He stole two televisions, six pairs of sneakers and a drill saw, with a combined value of $1,735.
Pinder’s lawyer, Alex Morley, initially asked the court to withdraw the matter because the statute of limitations had passed.
However, McKinney said the six-month limitation did not apply to cases that could be tried in the Supreme Court and Magistrates’ Court.
McKinney ordered Pinder to pay a $5,000 fine to avoid a one-year prison sentence. He also has to pay $1,735 in compensation to avoid spending an additional nine months in prison.