One found guilty of Christmas Eve robbery

All three defendants not guilty on drug charges

A jury found Marvin Gregory Grant guilty of robbery, but not guilty of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs in connection with a robbery on the beach at Morritt’s Resort on Christmas Eve.

The two other defendants in the trial, Fred Allon McLaughlin and Al Elford McLaughlin, were found not guilty of both charges.

According to Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Patrick Moran, packages washed up on the beach at Morritt’s on Dec. 24. They were shaped like bricks, wrapped tightly in black plastic and green duct tape.

Police were called and the packages were put under a chair, with a staff member sitting on the chair to guard them until police arrived. The Crown’s case was that Mr. Grant, wearing a mask, approached the guard with a machete and said, “This is for me,” in reference to the packages. He then took them up in his arms and hurried up the path from the beach to the car park area.

After the jury returned with their unanimous verdicts on Tuesday around 4 p.m., the McLaughlins were discharged. A sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place on Friday for Mr. Grant, who remains in custody.

For more coverage, see the November 1 edition of the Compass.