Number 915 • Friday, May 11, 2012

Accused Tourist Robbers to Face Judge and Jury
By LK Hewlett
 
Curtis Long
 
Junior Sobratie
 
Elroy Williams
 
Junior Stevens and Exzavier Elliott
 
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The five men accused of committing the most infamous crime in St. Kitts in recent time are scheduled to stand trial during the May Criminal Assizes.

Elroy “Stanny” Williams, Junior “Que” Sobratie, Curtis Long, Delvin Francis and George Welsh stand accused of robbing a busload of cruise ship passengers on November 14, 2010.

While the tour bus, carrying17 tourists, was was making its way towards the historic site Brimestone Hill Fortress in Sandy Point, the driver noticed rocks and branches strewn across the mountain path. He exited the bus to investigate, when a rock struck the windshield of the bus. Two armed, masked men then rushed from the bushes and got onto the bus.

The bandits took an undisclosed sum of money, a number of cell phones, jewelry and other personal items from the passengers, however no one was physically harmed and all passengers were safely returned to their ship

The incident prompted two cruise ships to cancel subsequent calls to the island and certain travel blog sites to post safety warnings to potential visitors.

Williams, Sobratie, and Long face four counts of robbery, one count of conspiracy and one count of assault with intent to rob, while Francis and Welsh will both be tried as accessories to the crime.

All five of the defendants were arraigned and their pleas recorded during the January Criminal Assizes; the group pleaded not guilty. The men have been remanded at Her Majesty’s Prison since their arrest. Attorney Hesketh Benjamin will represent Sobratie.

Accused attempted bank robbers Exzavier Elliott and Junior Stevens are scheduled to stand trial for 3 counts of Assault with intent to rob and one count of Robbery. The two are jointly charged for the attempted day-light robbery of the Royal Bank of Canada branch at the Horsfords Complex at Wellington Road on July 1, 2010.

Elliot is currently serving two 15-year sentences ordered to run concurrently, and an additional two years to run consecutive to his bulk sentence for his involvement in a robbery that resulted in a loss of just over EC$2000 in revenue to local wholesale company, O.D. Brisbane and Sons (ODB).

Both had entered not guilty pleas and have been on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison.

Kemron Murray was on Wednesday (May 9) found guilty of housebreaking and larceny. He is scheduled to be sentenced in two weeks.

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