Foster’s robbery trial begins

A Grand Court jury has begun hearing details of the robbery at Foster’s Republix supermarket on West Bay Road in March 2006.

On trial is Damean Dwayne Seymour, charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition; and robbery: that on 4 March 2006 he stole a cash register computer processing unit valued at $10,500 and in order to do so used force against a security guard.

Solicitor General Cheryll Richards told the jury on Thursday that under Cayman law, a person can be charged with the offence of robbery if he either did the act himself or aided and abetted the commission of the act or counselled and procured the act.

The Crown’s case against Seymour is that he gave instructions for the robbery and provided a firearm and ammunition for use in the course of the robbery.

Two co-accused persons have entered guilty pleas – one to being an accessory after the fact and the other to the robbery itself.

The man who admits committing the robbery at Foster’s is Eluno George Liking, who was the Crown’s first witness.

The jury heard Liking admit that he has already pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to the security guard who was shot during the robbery of Cayman National Bank in West Bay six days after the Foster’s robbery.

Counsel for the Defence suggested to Liking that he was lying about Seymour in connection with the Foster’s robbery because he hopes to get a lighter sentence for the CNB shooting.

Liking said he did hope to get a lighter sentence, but he was not lying. He denied being the mastermind of the Foster’s robbery. He said he was forced to do the robbery and was accompanied by a Jamaican man he did not know. That man was not Seymour.

The trial is scheduled to continue this morning. Mr. Justice Seymour Panton is presiding.