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A St Andrew restaurant and bar operator who accosted a man, and cut open his bag and took $1,000, has found himself in deep trouble following allegations that he robbed him of $55,000 and his cellular phone.

Leonard Thompson of Lawrence Tavern was recently arrested and charged with robbery with aggravation.

According to the police report, on December 22 of last year the complainant was at Temple Hall in the parish when Thompson, who was armed with a knife, cut off a small bag that the complainant had around his neck and took away $55,000 that was in the bag and a cellular phone valued at $5,000.

However, on Thursday when Thompson appeared in court he denied robbing the complainant and disputed the amount.

According to Thompson, last August he loaned the complainant $1,300, which the complainant has failed to repay.

Therefore, the accused said on the day in question he saw the complainant, asked him for his money, and felt his pocket which was empty. He then cut off his bag using a pair of scissors that he had and took $1,000, which was the only money the complainant had in the bag.

But Parish Judge Vaughn Smith told him that what he did was a criminal offence.

“The proper course was to report the matter and let the law the takes its course,” the judge said.

“But I was just trying to retrieve what was mine,” Thompson said.

However, the judge told him that based on his act he has placed himself in the current position and chances are that he might have to own up to what the complainant is saying.

“I wasn’t even warring him. I held onto the bag, cut it and went in it and see a $1,000, and a hold it up and show the people who were there, as it was in the day,” he said.

The judge then asked him if he was willing to repay the money and Thompson responded by saying that he did not take that amount.

After the prosecutor pointed out to Thompson that he was likely to face up to three years in prison if convicted, he was asked again if he was willing to repay the money and end the matter if the complainant, who was absent, agreed. But Thompson did not answer.

“If I were you, based on what you have outlined to the court, I would certainly think about paying the complainant,” the judge told him.

The matter was then rescheduled for February 21, for the complainant to attend court. Thompson’s bail was also extended.

 

 

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