27-year-old heading back to prison for sixth time

June 27, 2022
The Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.
The Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.
Omar York robbed a woman of her gold chain as she walked along  Barry Street in downtown Kingston in January.
Omar York robbed a woman of her gold chain as she walked along Barry Street in downtown Kingston in January.
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A 27-year-old man will be heading back to prison for the sixth time after he was sentenced to two years' imprisonment at hard labour in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.

Omar York, who was released from prison almost a year ago, pleaded guilty to larceny from the person and Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque did not mince words in expressing her disappointment.

"Five previous convictions for a man of 27 years old is troubling. You going to prison and nothing change. It must be that you like in there because to my mind, if it is somewhere you don't want to go, wouldn't you do everything in your power to keep far from it? So the shocks that you would have had, would have no effect on you," the judge said.

"I have taken into account and I have attached a significant amount of weight to the fact that you have five previous convictions. I take into account that by all accounts you are a young person but you have been before the court for all of your adult life. Five previous convictions, two for larceny, one for robbery with aggravation, you have not learnt anything," she stressed handing down the sentence.

It was reported that on January 28 at 12:30 p.m., the complainant was walking along Barry Street in downtown Kingston when York approached her and grabbed her chain from around her neck. She held on to him and a tussle ensued between them. York then threw the chain on the ground and was later apprehended by the police.

"We are living in an age and time when people are afraid to walk on the road. We are living in an age and time when people supposed to can walk on the road, with their gold chain and anything, unmolested. There is such a fear that people have and the court is well aware that this sort of offence [larceny from the person] is prevalent," said Cole-Montaque.

"It is the view of this court that whatever sentence is set must serve as a deterrent and the court must be guided by the temperature in the streets. When people are assaulted and robbed, there is a psychological effect too, that some persons don't think about. There are some persons who, for example, would say, I would never wear a gold chain and the court has to send a message to say 'No, no, no, when those things happen, the matters are properly investigated, your case will be dealt with'."

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