Fourth BritCay robber pleads guilty

Tareek Crawford admits involvement in October 2012 daylight crime

The fourth man involved in the 2012 armed robbery of a BritCay courier entered a plea of guilty Friday in Grand Court to the single charge of robbery. 

Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards said the basis of the plea by Tareek Kevin Crawford was acceptable to the Crown. 

Crawford pleaded guilty to stealing CI$8,117 and US$593, the property of BritCay Insurance Co. on Oct. 4, 2012, and at the time of doing so using force or threat of force against a named courier. Crawford was 18 at the time. 

The other three robbers were sentenced last year after pleading guilty to robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm, a Bryco .38 semiautomatic pistol. 

Cayman Compass records show that Brandon Reno Liberal and Manuel Ramirez Carter were each sentenced to seven years in prison. John Phillip Cohen Ebanks, who entered his pleas early and assisted the Crown, was sentenced to three years. Carter, 32 at the time, was the gunman who approached the courier outside BritCay House on Eastern Avenue. Ebanks, 50 at the time, was his getaway driver. 

Liberal, then 27, and Crawford were in another vehicle that picked up Carter and Ebanks after they abandoned their car. 

Crawford’s attorney in 2012 argued that he was unfit to plead. Ms. Richards told Justice Charles Quin that Crawford was now considered fit. 

Justice Quin agreed to defense attorney Laurence Aiolfi’s request for a social inquiry report before sentencing. The judge noted that victim impact statements were already on file. 

He set Jan. 14 as the date for sentencing and continued Crawford’s bail until then.