Man jailed for tourist purse snatching

A man who robbed an Australian tourist on the Cable Beach strip was on Monday sentenced to two years in prison.

Alando Williams, 23, of Charles Vincent Street, shoved Jacqueline Edwards to the ground on January 1 and took her handbag that contained an iPhone 10-plus, worth $1,050, US$40, and AUS$20.

Williams was wearing an ankle bracelet when he committed the crime.

The police used data from that device and the phone’s GPS to locate him, the court heard.

Police found the stolen phone and the Australian note when they arrested Williams, Inspector Philip Davis told the court.

His lawyer, Bernard Ferguson, asked the court to be merciful and consider imposing a fine.

Ferguson said, “He’s extremely apologetic. He was under the influence; with it being the festive season. He got carried away.”

But the magistrate thought that a prison sentence was merited due to the consequences of crime on the tourism industry.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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