Second person charged in Rum Point robbery

A second person appeared in Summary Court on Friday afternoon, charged with the robbery that took place on Aug. 2 at Rum Point.

Crown counsel Scott Wainwright confirmed that the incident took place on vacant private property, not any of the popular recreational areas in that section of the north coast.

Defendant Donald Minzett, 17, was arrested on Aug. 6, a day after Shyheim Peter Burke appeared in court charged with robbery, assault causing actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon. Burke’s robbery charge was transmitted to Grand Court and he was remanded in custody until mention there on Aug. 14. His other charges remained in Summary Court.

Minzett is charged with robbery and theft.

Mr. Wainwright told Magistrate Valdis Foldats that the robbery occurred around 5:30 p.m. The complainant, 19, was sitting under a tree with friends when he was approached by a group of males. Burke was said to have produced an axe, while Minzett allegedly produced a knife.

When interviewed, Minzett admitted being at the scene and seeing a fight, but he denied being part of any incident, Mr. Wainwright said.

Defense attorney John Furniss applied for bail, suggesting a curfew and electronic monitor if necessary.

The magistrate agreed and added other conditions. They include reporting to the George Town Police Station three times per week and having no contact with named individuals. He set the curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Minzett was directed to appear in Grand Court on Aug. 21 for the robbery charge, and in Summary Court the same day for the theft charge.

Police issued a press release on Friday in which the robbery victim’s injuries were described as cuts, bruises and a dislocated shoulder. Jewelry valued at $1,000 was reportedly taken from him.

The release further stated that two other men, ages 23 and 21, had been arrested in connection with the incident and were bailed. The victim and the arrested individuals are all residents of the Cayman Islands.

When interviewed, Minzett admitted being at the scene and seeing a fight, but he denied being part of any incident, Mr. Wainwright said.

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