Purse robber sentenced to 3 years

A man has been sentenced to three years in prison for robbing a woman of her purse.

The robbery happened at the Everglo Bar in Bodden Town around 1:55am on 29 Sept. last year. The victim was a bartender who worked at the bar and who had arrived in Cayman two weeks earlier. After closing the bar, she left a group of co-workers and friends to go to the back of the building to reconnect to Wi-Fi so she could call for a ride home. Dalton Benjamin Robinson Jr. followed her.

“This is a robbery, this is a robbery, give me your purse now,” Robinson said to her as he held what appeared to be a knife under his shirt, the court heard.

The woman gave Robinson her purse, which contained $300, and then she ran to the front to call the police.

In April of this year, a Grand Court Jury convicted Robinson on a single charge of robbery.

A social inquiry report revealed that Robinson, while growing up had been removed from a “broken home” and placed in the government’s boy’s home. He eventually ran away from the home, and later committed a robbery – a crime, his attorney said, that needed to be viewed in light of his circumstances.

“My client was virtually unemployable. He never finished high school because he was incarcerated,” said defence attorney Amelia Fosuhene.

“The previous charge of robbery, coupled with the lack of formal academic or vocational qualifications, meant he was unable to earn a living.”

“The social inquiry report reveals that you have expressed no sympathy,” Acting Grand Court Judge Marlene Carter told Robinson.

“It is clear that you have not yet learned how to channel your efforts to make positive decisions. There are things available to you in Northward Prison to help you further your academic and vocational qualifications. I hope you make use of them.”

The judge, using a starting point of two and a half years, imposed a sentence of three years as she considered his previous robbery an aggravating factor. Time spent in custody is to be deducted.