Sophia man jailed for armed robberies

A Sophia man has been sentenced to two years in jail after he admitted to four counts of armed robbery.

The court of Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul heard yesterday that on July 17, at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara, Ryan Brown, while in the company of others and armed with a knife, robbed Provina Williams of items valued $166,000; Nastassia Nelson of a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone; Lexton Williams of items valued $185,000; and Anil Rampersaud of an iPhone and a watch.

Brown, 29, of ‘D’ Field, Sophia, pleaded guilty to all the charges.

According to police prosecutor David Goodridge, Brown was apprehended by the police when a woman to whom he sold one of the stolen phones, activated the device. When the sim card was activated, the police were alerted and used it to trace the woman. When the police went to the lady’s home, she then led them to Brown. He was later arrested for the robberies and was identified by a few of the virtual complainants during an identification parade.

Goodridge also told the court that Brown had prior convictions at a next court.

Magistrate Ally-Seepaul subsequently sentenced Brown to two years on each of the charges. However, she told him that his sentences will run concurrently, meaning that he will only serve two years in total.

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