Saturday 31 October, 2020

Kingston man freed in Stony Hill Rolex robbery case

Jovani Powell, an auto parts specialist, was freed in the Gun Court of the offences of illegal possession of a firearm and two counts of Robbery with aggravation on Monday in the Home Circuit court.

The Prosecution alleged that on March 19, 2015, at around 5:30 p.m., a retired engineer and his wife were robbed at their Stony Hill home by two gunmen of $38,000.00 cash, two Rolex watches valued over $32,000.00 USD and a Gold Bangle valued over $2,500 USD. 

The accused man was represented by Attorneys-at-Law Bert Samuels and Able-Don Foote.

The complainant admitted in cross-examination by Attorney Samuels that he saw the accused at the police station before the identification parade. The witness further testified that he was mainly looking at the gun throughout the incident.

Attorney Foote in making a no case submission argued that the identification parade was compromised and the overall identification evidence is of very poor quality considering that the evidence revealed that the assailant at the time had a handkerchief over his face which covered his mouth and nose. It was further argued that the most prominent feature of Powell's face was his ears which the complainant did not include in his evidence or his description to the police.

Following the no case Powell was acquitted of all charges by senior Supreme Court Judge Mr Justice Bertram Morrison.  


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