A 34-year-old man who committed a robbery at the home of an 11-year-old boy has been jailed for four years. Atiba Waldron, a plumber, of Belmont, was found guilty by Rio Claro Senior Magistrate Rae Roopchand on charges of robbery with violence and two counts of assault with intent to rob.
Waldron denied he was involved in the incident and claimed he was beaten by the police to give a statement. The boy was among three victims who gave evidence in the trial which was prosecuted by Sgt Shazeed Mohammed in the Rio Claro First Court.
The incident took place on October 29, 2017. The court heard that the boy was playing in the yard of his St Mary’s Village, Moruga, home while the yardman Glenwin Small was trimming the plants. Domestic worker Nathalie Padilla was inside the house.
At around 3 pm, an assailant armed with a knife entered the house and demanded money, while another assailant armed with a firearm ordered Small and the boy inside the house. They, along with Padilla, were taken to an upstairs bedroom where pillowcases were put over Small's and Padilla's heads. They were also tied up.
Padilla was robbed of a gold chain and a cellphone together valued at $4,000. The men ransacked the house and stole three cellphones and a tablet valued at $4,900 which belonged to the boy’s father. They then escaped in a silver Tiida.
Waldron was arrested two days later. When confronted with the report by Sgt Ramlogan and WPC Jointe at the Princes Town Police Station, he said: “I doh know nothing about that.”
However, three days later while being interviewed by Cpl Nanan and PC Samaroo, he said: “I only carry the men to do the robbery.”
He then gave a written statement which was authenticated by a justice of the peace.
Waldron, who had one previous conviction for larceny, spent 25 months in jail awaiting trial. He was sentenced to four years on each count, but the sentences were ordered to run concurrently.