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Court rejects security guard's appeal, upholds 25-year sentence

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 8:36 AM

The Appeals Court has rejected an appeal from a security guard and upheld his 25-year sentence on gun and robbery charges.

Aaron Lewis had appealed his conviction on grounds that a lower court judge did not direct herself properly.

However, the court disagreed in a ruling on Friday.

In 2010, Lewis was sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm, 10 years for robbery with aggravation and five years for inflicting grievous bodily harm.

However, he will only serve 10 years in prison because the sentences are to run at the same time.

In March 2009, four masked men, two armed with guns, went to the Caymanas Golf and Country Club in St Catherine, held up security guards, beat them and robbed them of cellular phones and cash.

It was later discovered that the thugs left a bag, which the police searched after they were called in.

They found an identification card belonging to an Oneil Williams, who was later held.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced.

He subsequently gave a statement to the police outlining what happened and named Lewis as one of the men involved in the robbery.

In a testimony at Lewis’ trial, he said the security guard invited him out and he was surprised when he realised it was a robbery.

Lewis was convicted, but appealed arguing that the judge failed to give herself the correct warning regarding how to treat Williams as an accomplice.

He also argued that the judge should have rejected Williams’ testimony.

The Appeals Court disagreed and upheld the convictions and sentence.