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Death-threat mischief maker gets 30-month sentence

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey had some very strong words for the man who confessed to making a false report to the police of a death threat against Opposition Leader Andrew Holness before she handed him a near maximum prison sentence.

Maxi Robinson was yesterday ordered to serve 30 months in prison for creating public mischief despite an impassioned plea by his attorney Andrew Wildes.

Seeking to convince Pusey to show leniency, Wildes pointed to a social enquiry report which he said raised concerns about his client's psychological state.

"I won't go so far as to say he is insane ... . But the social enquiry report raises questions about his mental capacity," Wildes told the Corporate Area Criminal Court.

Noting that Robinson was not evaluated by a psychiatrist, the attorney said the report also indicated that his client appears to have a "history of paranoia thinking".

However, Pusey was unmoved, declaring that Robinson's criminal record shows that he is a deviant and that his intent was to cause mayhem and excitement, "and he did".

She noted that the offence was committed weeks after Robinson was released from prison for a similar offence.

"I think he knew what he was doing. He has gotten the attention and the stir that he wanted to create," Pusey said.

"He is turning into an act," she said in reference to his criminal record.

"And when you do this, you have to know that there are dire consequences," she added before handing down sentence.

Security was beefed up around Holness and Jamaica Labour Party General Secretary Dr Horace Chang after Robinson went to the police and reported that a group of gunmen had been paid millions of dollars to kill both men. However, investigators later became suspicious of his story and, during a question-and-answer session, he confessed that it was false.