Dec 31, 2012 News Comments Off on Shopkeeper’s family peeved at robbery victim’s release
Relatives of shopkeeper Eileen Gibson are upset that police have released a man who allegedly beat the 56-year-old shopkeeper into a semi-conscious state during a robbery on Boxing Day.
Gibson was attacked at her Kuru Kuru, Soesdyke, Linden premises by a man who pretended to be a customer. The robber fled with $14,000.
According to relatives, at 22:00hrs on Boxing night a man (name given) who is a distant relative of the victim, lured Gibson out of her shop while pretending that he wanted an item from a glass case.
Gibson lives alone.
“I left at nine in the night and when I reached home, I called Miss Gibson and she told me (name given) was in the shop…she told the man that she was locking up but then he asked for something in the glass case at the centre of the shop which cause the woman to leave her safe confines and go out the shop to open the glass case. That is when the man lashed her behind the head after she bent down to open the glass case,” one relative lamented.
It is alleged that the man then entered the shop where he emptied the drawers of all the money. Relatives believe that the perpetrator saw the shop keeper counting several thousand dollar bills and believed that the woman would have put the cash in the drawers.
Fortunately, Gibson had stashed the money elsewhere.
The relative alleged that the shopkeeper pretended to be dead after the robber struck her.
“After the woman played dead, the man then did the unthinkable. He picked up her body and placed it on his shoulder and was heading to the gate behind the house to dump the body.
But on the way, the woman pretended that she did not know what happened and decided to say thanks to the man for picking her up when she fell down…the man replied: ‘right now I confused.”
The man then put Gibson down, and she then fled into the shop, bolted the doors and screamed for help. This prompted neighbors to come out but by then the thief had fled.
The relatives said that the police were summoned, but the suspect turned up at the Timehri Police Station with his mother giving the police his own version of what transpired. According to one relative, the thief claimed that Gibson had collapsed near her shop and that he had placed the woman in a chair.
“This boy needs to be imprisoned, he is a deceptive young man, who is dangerous!”
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