Man pleads not guilty to Rum Point robbery

Trial set for May 30

David McLaughin-Martinez pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges arising from a robbery on Jan. 11 at a home on Rum Point Drive in North Side.

McLaughlin-Martinez, 38, is accused of stealing items and cash and using force or threat of force in order to do so. Items stolen included jewelry, cellphones and an electronic tablet, all with a total value of CI$3,000. The cash totaled US$4,900.

The defendant also denied causing grievous bodily harm to a man during the incident.
Defense attorney Nicholas Dixey said the trial would involve two civilian witnesses and would take about four days.

Justice Robin McMillan set the trial for Monday, May 30.

At a plea and directions hearing on April 15, the defense is to indicate whether the trial is to be by jury or judge alone. The defendant was remanded in custody until then.