53 charges

beadottin, beadottin@nationnews.com

Added 26 March 2013


Chief Magistrate Pamela Beckles had strong words for the man accused of last week’s robbery attack on two British visitors that received international attention. However, it was not in relation to that charge, which is an indictable one. Her chastisement came after Julian Orlando Hunte pleaded guilty to 15 of the 53 charges he faced when he appeared before her at the Oistins Magistrates’ Court yesterday. Explaining that she was limited in the amount of jail time she could impose for such crimes, the magistrate stressed to the young man the seriousness of burglary. She said it was one of those crimes that affected people for the rest of their lives and caused many victims to “look under their beds” long after the offence had taken place. Hunte, also known as “Big Zeus”, was not allowed to plead to four offences relating to the daylight robbery of visitors Philip Prior, 72, and his wife Ann, 59, because they were indictable. Marlon Gooding, 35, of St Philip, was jointly charged with Hunte with three counts of robbery, one of which pertained to the attack on Ann Prior. (MB/SD)


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