Liquor store robbery trial set to begin

Three men charged in the Dec. 17, 2014 robbery of Blackbeard’s Liquor Store in Grand Harbour are scheduled for trial starting Tuesday. 

Andrew Lopez, Bron Webb and Randy Connor are accused of robbing a cashier and a customer, involving amounts of CI$4,604.42 and US$582. They are also charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm. 

The robbery of the customer involved stealing a purse containing cash, a driver’s license, a credit card and personal items. 

Trial judge Francis Belle agreed to an application by defense attorneys that the matter be heard by a jury of 12 instead of seven on the basis that the matter is complex. The Judicature Law allows the judge to use his discretion. 

By 12:30 p.m. Monday, 12 jurors were chosen and the defendants were put in their charge. However, two of the jurors subsequently raised concerns. Justice Belle questioned them and invited opinions from counsel. The two jurors were subsequently excused. The judge instructed the court clerk to arrange for other members of the jury pool to attend on Tuesday morning along with the 10 remaining jurors. 

Lopez is represented by Bernard Tetlow and Amelia Fosuhene; Webb by Brendan Kelly and Alice Carver; Connor by John Furniss and Crister Brady. 

Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards is presenting the case for the prosecution, assisted by Senior Crown counsel Tanya Lobban. 

The trial has been set for three weeks.