Notorious criminal Mark Lee Young called ‘Junior” 36 of Lot B Four Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara who gained notoriety for the number of robberies he committed in various parts of Guyana, was on Friday sentenced to a total of 20 years in jail by Magistrate Robby Benn at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court and pleaded guilty to four charges of Robbery Under Arms.
The man had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The case for the prosecution as presented by Corporal Roberto Figueira was that on February 3, 2012 at Susannah (No19) Village East Coast Berbice. Young, while being in company with others and armed with guns, robbed Chetram Sirkissoon of one $200,000 property of James Ross.
Another charge read that on the same day, while also being in company with others and armed with guns he robbed Thakoordial Roshahair (a passenger in the minibus) of $14,000.
The men had entered a minibus en route to Corentyne when in the vicinity of Susannah, one of them stopped the vehicle to relieve himself. While the vehicle was stopped, Young is accused of putting a gun to the head of Sirkissoon who was the driver and robbing him of the bus.
Young then took hold of the vehicle and drove it to a desolate area aback of Palmyra where it was later found abandoned. He had earlier pleaded guilty to robbery of a minibus and was jailed for five years.
The next charge read that on January 27, at No7 Village, East Coast Berbice, while being in company with others and armed with a gun he robbed Indranie Ramnarine of six gold finger rings, two and half pairs gold bangles, two gold chains, one pair gold earrings two wrist watches, one cell phone, GT&T and Digicel Phone cards all to the value of $269,000.
The woman was at home around 09:15 hrs when Young and others barged into her home and robbed her.
In another matter he was charged with the December 28, 2010 robbery at Smythfield, New Amsterdam, Berbice, where, while being in company with others and armed with a gun, he robbed Bibi Osman of five gold earrings, three gold chains, and three pairs gold earrings, one pair gold bangle, artificial jewelry and $200,000 in cash. Young and others had entered the woman’s house around 19:15 hrs and robbed the family of the items.
Young was sentenced to five years on each of the charges. However the first three charges will run concurrently with each other, while the final charges will run consecutively with the other three. Thus he will serve 10 years.
On the first three occasions he told the court that he had nothing to say. On the final occasion he mentioned that he had made a mistake and that it will not happen again.
The prosecution urged that the full penalty be meted out to the accused who is notorious and has a number of other charges pending.
In all the matters he was positively identified.
Young has numerous other charges pending in various courts in Guyana.
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