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Accused handbag robber to return to court March 25

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM


A St James man, who reportedly robbed a woman of her handbag at knifepoint last September, had his case set for mention on March 25, following his latest appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Twenty-two-year-old Riccomie Morgan, of an Albion address, is charged with robbery with aggravation and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has been in police custody since his last court appearance, on February 17, when he was denied bail and remanded in custody.

The allegations against Morgan 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 pulling on her handbag.

The complainant turned around and came face-to-face with the accused, Morgan, who brandished a knife and threatened her. The defendant burst the womans bag strap and kicked her, causing her to damage three teeth, and burst 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.

According to additional reports, prior to his arrest, Morgan had 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.

- C.T.