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Men in multimillion-dollar Swiss Stores heist sentenced

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 6:16 PM

Norman Robertson, who pleaded guilty to being involved in the multimillion-dollar heist of the Swiss Stores on Harbour Street in downtown Kingston, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment at hard labour for illegal possession of firearm.

Robertson has also been sentenced to seven years imprisonment at hard labour for robbery with aggravation.

His co-accused, businessman, Donald Ho, who also pleaded guilty, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labour for illegal possession of firearm and 12 months imprisonment at hard labour for illegal possession of ammunition.

In handing down sentences in the Gun Court, Justice Glen Brown, remarked that the robbery was well thought out, and was a well executed plan.

A third co-accused, Jamaica Labour Party activist, Kayon 'Treasure' Campbell, was earlier freed of robbery related charges after the crown indicated that it had no evidence against him.

On the afternoon of April 9, 2013 gunmen held up and robbed the Swiss Stores of several high-end watches valued at US$66,000.

Robertson was represented by attorney at law Patrick Peterkin, while Ho was represented by attorney Peter Champagnie.

The crown was represented by Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Andrea Martin-Swaby and Crown Counsel Joel Brown.