Sentencing set for Oct. 14 if pleas are accepted
The third defendant in the New Year’s Day Diamonds International robbery has pleaded guilty in Grand Court.
Christopher Julian Myles, one of three men charged with the robbery, pleaded guilty when he appeared before Justice Charles Quin on Thursday afternoon. He admitted stealing jewelry valued at US$814,750 from the North Church Street store on Jan. 1 and using force against a named person to do so.
In connection with the same incident, he pleaded not guilty to possession of a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver without a firearms license.
Defense attorney John Furniss said Myles, 32, maintained he had no knowledge that a gun would be used. He handed up a copy of a letter that has already been shown to prosecutors. Crown counsel Marilyn Brandt confirmed that the charge was being considered. The letter was not read aloud in court.
Both counsel asked to return to court on Aug. 29 for the Crown to indicate whether the firearm charge will be proceeded with.
If the Crown proceeds with it, a trial date will have to be set, Mr. Furniss indicated. If the Crown does not proceed with the charge, Myles could be sentenced on Oct. 14 along with Jonathan Mark Ramoon and James Herbert McLean.
Ramoon, 36, pleaded guilty to the two charges in June.
McLean, 22, entered his guilty pleas in July.
All three men have been in custody since their apprehension on the day of the robbery.
Defense attorney John Furniss said Myles, 32, maintained he had no knowledge that a gun would be used.