WestStar robbery trial begins

Four defendants being tried by judge alone

Trial began this week for four men charged in connection with the robbery of the WestStar television office on May 24, 2012, in which approximately CI$8,000 was stolen. 

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Trevor Ward opened the crown’s case Tuesday by explaining that defendants David Joseph Tomasa, George Eric Mignott and Andre Nicholas Burton were the men accused of entering the building, robbing the cashier and then making their escape.  

The fourth defendant is Ryan Edwards, who is accused of providing the vehicle in which the men were taken to the office and then driven away from the scene. 

The man who allegedly drove them is to be indicted separately, Mr. Ward told Justice Alastair Malcolm, who is hearing the matter without a jury. 

Mr. Ward indicated there would be evidence from the cashier and three customers, but the crown’s main witness was scheduled to be Marlon Dillon, the man who gave evidence in the Cayman National Bank robbery trial.  

It was in the course of being questioned in July 2012 about another matter that Dillon indicated he knew who was involved in the WestStar robbery, Mr. Ward explained. No one could know so many details of what happened inside [the robbery scene] unless he was supplied with those details by the people who were inside, Mr. Ward submitted. 

CCTV, DNA evidence and cell phone data will lend support to Dillon’s evidence, Mr. Ward summarized. 

He is assisted by senior crown counsel Tanya Lobban. 

Defense attorneys are Anthony Akiwumi and Margeta Facey-Clarke for Burton; Nicholas Hoffman and Guy Dillaway-Parry for Mignott; James Curtis and Lucy Organ for Tomasa; Keva Reid and Howard Hamilton for Edwards. 

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The Law Courts Building in down town George Town. – Photo: File
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