Today in Supreme Court a St George’s man received a 12-year sentence for his role in a May 8, 2020 robbery, which involved the use of a firearm and occurred in the area of popular The Hub retail store in Warwick.
Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe handed down the lengthy period of incarceration to 23-year-old Jukai Burgess, who pleaded guilty to the stated offences of robbery, contrary to section 338 of the Criminal Code, as well as using a firearm while committing an indictable offence, contrary to section 26A (9b) of the Firearms Act 1973.
The judge sentenced Burgess to two years on the robbery charge and 10 years for the firearms offence, with the apportined terms set to run consecutively. Burgess had been charged in committing the two offences, which saw the victim, a Mr Hassell, have a chain snatched from him by an alleged trio, that included Burgess, with the victim, in his attempted retrieval of the item, getting shot in the chest.
Crown Council Adley Duncan told how the situation evolved into that of the alledged perpetrators, including Burgess, “brandishing a firearm and discharging it in the direction of Mr Hassell, who had been chasing the men. Mr Hassell felt that he had received a gunshot injury, the bullet of which, came very close to his heart and lungs.”
Two other defendants alleged to have committed the same offences with Burgess, had their own appearances cut short and adjourned in the instance of Burgess’ guilty plea and immediate sentencing.
Represented by lawyer Elizabeth Christopher, Burgess still faces further charges from another gun incident, having also been charged with murder for his alleged part in the July 1, 2022 gun murder of Latrae Doeman in Smith’s Parish.
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