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Knifepoint robber jailed for 3 months

first_img– tells Magistrate he was in a “tight squeeze”A man was on Wednesday jailed for three months by City Magistrate Fabayo Azore after he pleaded guilty to a robbery under arms charge.Kennard Persaud, 29, of Lot 25 Regent Street, Georgetown, confessed that on  August 16, at Georgetown, and while being armed with a knife, he robbed Ronald Ishmatine of one Apple iPhone valued $85,000.Confessed robber Kennard PersaudThe prosecution contended that on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was standing in the vicinity of Footsteps Store when he was held at knifepoint and robbed by the defendant.After the robbery, Persaud attempted to escape but was apprehended by the Police after the VC raised an alarm. He was searched and the item was found on his person after which he was arrested and charged.However, the defendant admitted to the offence but explained that he was not armed when he carried out the act.He further told the Magistrate that the act was not premeditated, but was done out of frustration, since he was in a “tight squeeze” and went on to explain that he has three children to feed but could not find work after he was just released from prison.Persaud was previously sentenced to 18 months in prison on a narcotics possession charge. He pleaded for leniency, promising to stay out of trouble.last_img read more

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Few see end to everyday lawlessness

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As news of al-Zarqawi’s death settled into homes across the country, Iraqis at lunch tables and in hot-afternoon living rooms found themselves wondering what, if anything, would be different. A relentless stream of killings and kidnappings has choked off the routines of life to a trickle, and the death of al-Zarqawi, while welcome, did not seem likely to stop the violence. The painful, familiar beat resumed almost immediately. Five young women, one of them pregnant, were gunned down in a drive-by shooting outside a university, and six bombs, four of them in cars, killed 37 people and wounded 85 in largely Shiite areas in Baghdad. Late Thursday, the government imposed a curfew for today for Baghdad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during time for day’s prayers, and a nighttime curfew in Diyalo province, where al-Zarqawi was killed, until further notice. “Zarqawi is part of a story and this story will not end when he is finished,” said Dhia Majid, a university professor, whose brother, a pediatrician, and his wife, a pharmacist, were shot dead in western Baghdad last summer. “It’s not Iraq, it’s a slaughterhouse.” The skepticism springs from how Iraqis see the violence here. Al-Zarqawi is part of a larger galaxy of gangs and criminal groups that kill and kidnap with virtual impunity as the state watches helplessly. In the past year, the killing has shifted from spectacular suicide bombings, often attributed to al-Zarqawi, to assassinations, kidnappings and other criminal violence, and many Iraqis say they are more afraid of the latter. It was that type of killing that punched a hole into Hassan’s life, when her son, Murthada, was taken while he walked home from school on May 15. She began getting calls warning that he would be killed if her family did not pay $50,000, a sum far greater than Hassan, a graduate student, and her husband, a Spanish teacher, could afford. They sold their car. They borrowed from friends. They frantically enlisted the help of a local city council member, and filed a police report. Three days later, they placed the sum in a basket outside a house in their neighborhood. The autopsy, however, told a crushing tale: Murthada was strangled the day he was taken. The quiet inside Hassan’s living room seemed to seep out into the capital itself. The bombs claimed lives in several neighborhoods, and the streets were largely empty by the afternoon. Reports of scattered celebrations came in from the south. In Najaf, in the crooked streets of the old city, men shook hands. A vendor gave out free juice. Some Iraqis, it seemed, were simply overwhelmed. The memory of the capture of Saddam Hussein, and the continuing violence, was still fresh in people’s minds.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Haifa Hassan stared with blank sadness toward a spot on her living room carpet when asked about Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death. The larger-than-life terrorist had little to do with the killing of her 12-year-old son, whose crumpled body was found beaten, burned and strangled after local criminals kidnapped him several weeks ago. The family had raised $10,000 in ransom. It was not enough. “The terrorists are here now, here among us,” said Hassan, whose face wore a faraway look. “They did terrible things to my son. They are criminals. This is their work.” “They still exist,” she said, her hands in her lap, even if al-Zarqawi is gone. last_img read more

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