Frustrated robber sentenced to 50 months after attack on bus passenger

An out of work construction worker, who claimed he robbed a man of $6,500 in valuables because he was frustrated at not finding a job, was yesterday sentenced to 50 months in jail.

Kennard Persaud, 29, was sentenced by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman in Georgetown, where he was charged with robbery.

The charge against the father of three stated that on July 9th, 2018, at Brickdam, Georgetown, Persaud, being in the company of others, robbed Ryan Dharie of a $5,000 cellphone, a $1,000 silver chain and $500 in cash.

According to Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris, on the day in question, the victim was seated in the front seat of a Route 42 bus when he was approached by the accused and his friends and was told not to move. Harris said the victim became fearful for his life and complied. The accused and his accomplices then robbed him of his valuables and made good their escape.

After a report was made to the police, Persaud was later arrested with the silver chain and was also positively identified by the victim.

Persaud admitted to the charge after it was read to him by Magistrate Latchman.

Asked if he had anything to say before his sentencing, Persaud told the court, “I tek de chain. I de frustrated and I de looking for a job… some people don’t know wha I does be going through,” he said.

Magistrate Latchman then sentenced the accused to 50 months, while noting the prevalence of the offence, the need to prohibit others from committing similar crimes and based on his history of committing offences of a similar nature.

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