Illegal landers jailed for robbery

Two men who held up a store in Savannah after arriving in the Cayman Islands illegally from Jamaica have been jailed for four years.

Paul Martin, 28, and Romario Codner, 22, admitted robbing D&D Accessories and Things and threatening a cashier with an imitation firearm before making off with $2,136 from the Jamaica National Money Transfer Services kiosk in the store.

Acting Grand Court Judge Dame Linda Dobbs said the pair had “cased the joint” and waited for customers to leave before carrying out the robbery on Aug. 12. Though Codner wielded the weapon, she said, both had a role in the “joint enterprise.”

Martin, in his account to police, said the pair had arrived with a group of men on a boat from Jamaica, intending to meet another boat 30 miles offshore to deliver some “stuff.”

The other boat did not show up, and they were forced to land in Cayman because they did not have enough fuel to return to Jamaica, according to Martin’s account, summarized by the judge.

At the direction of one of the group, identified only as Kevin, Martin said, they took shelter in an abandoned house. After a few days, food ran out and the electricity was turned off.

Martin claimed the pair were picked up by an unidentified man and taken to a “business place,” where the robbery took place. He claimed not to be aware that Codner, whom he knew only as “Town Man,” had a gun, and that he did not want to take part in the robbery but had no choice.

Both men were sentenced to four years for the robbery and four years for possession of a firearm, with the sentences to run concurrently.


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