A 19-year-old Guyanese national has been sentenced to spend the next 15 years of his life behind bars at the Richmond Hill Prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Canadian national of two (2) computers.
The sentence was imposed on Javid Glasgow last week Thursday at the No. 2 High Court in St. George’s, by Guyanese-born High Court Judge, Madam Justice Paula Gilford, who is optimistic that the severe sentences handed down would serve as a deterrent for potential offenders.
Glasgow was taken into custody earlier in the year when the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) issued a wanted man bulletin for the Calliste, St. George resident, who was 18 years old when he committed the offence.
The high school dropout was eventually captured on March 26, somewhere in the vicinity of the Town of St. George and taken to the St. George’s Magistrate’s Court to answer to the charge of Robbery with Violence.
Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Brandon La Touche, told the court that the teenager entered the victim’s home through a window, held her up by putting a screw driver to her throat, slammed her head against the wall and threatened to kill her.
Glasgow then proceeded to rob the victim of two computers valued at US$400.00 each.
The Canadian woman who suffered injuries to her head and face along with her husband were in court for the sentencing hearing but did not wish to appear on camera.
However, they expressed relief and satisfaction with the sentence handed down by the female high court judge.
Glasgow, who has one previous conviction recorded against him, migrated to Grenada at a very young age.
He appeared to be very nervous while sitting in the prisoner’s dock, neatly dressed in a cream and black dress shirt, black pants, and pair of Clark’s as the judge pondered on his future.
The aggravating factors outweighed the mitigating factors in this particular case, a fact that was acknowledged by Glasgow’s attorney, George Prime who pleaded with the court for mercy on behalf of his client.
Prime noted that the accused had admitted to committing the offence at the earliest opportunity and urged the court to consider his personal circumstances.
He said that Glasgow lacked motherly direction due to the death of his mother at the tender age of 12 and was consequently led astray.
“The aggravating factors are too much to bear…the nature of them and the manner in which the offence took place,” he told the court, adding that “notwithstanding that the crime would have caused the country some embarrassment, I ask that Glasgow is not visited by the full extent of the law”.
The attorney also urged the court to ensure that his client be put on a strict rehabilitative regime, which will address drug abuse, among other things.
In addition to his 15-year sentence, Justice Gilford ordered Glasgow to pursue classes in English A, Mathematics, Information Technology and a trade of his choice at the prison.
The female judge warned him that he will be forced to serve another 2 years behind bars if he did not comply with the order.
The maximum penalty for robbery with violence in Grenada is 20 years imprisonment.
Without giving a clear indication on whether the sentence would be appealed or not, Attorney Prime expressed the view that 15 years is “excessive,” adding that “it is something that I would have to advise my client” as time is needed to review the sentencing documents.
“You don’t appeal instinctively…if certain things that should have been done were not done, then counsel has the right to advise his client accordingly”, said the experienced attorney.