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Accused handbag robber remanded due to prior offence

Published:Saturday | February 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM


A St James man, who reportedly robbed a woman of her handbag at knifepoint, was remanded in police custody when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Twenty-two-year-old Riccomie Morgan, of an Albion address, is charged with robbery with aggravation and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was remanded until March 9, after it was revealed that he had a previous conviction for a similar offence.

The allegations are that on September 4, 2014, the complainant was walking along St James Street with her handbag and her cellular phone in hand when she felt someone pull on her handbag. She turned and came face-to-face with the accused Morgan, who brandished a knife and threatened her. Morgan burst the woman's bag strap and kicked her, causing her to damage three teeth and bursting her lip when she fell, before fleeing the scene.

It is further alleged that on November 24, the complainant saw Morgan at the Montego Bay Transport Centre and pointed him out to a police officer. Morgan was accosted and taken into custody and was later arrested after he was pointed out in an identification parade.

The court on Tuesday was informed that Morgan had previously been convicted on a charge of unlawful wounding, for which he was given a 12-month prison sentence that had been suspended for two years.

As a result, Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie ordered that Morgan be remanded in police custody. The matter was subsequently set for mention on March 9.

- Christopher Thomas