Two face court over armed robberies in Grand Bahama

By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT - Two men accused of a string of armed robberies on Grand Bahama were arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. Hubert Smith, 21, of Columbus Drive, and Renaldo Roberts, 23, of St James Place, were charged with 10 counts of armed robbery. The matters were heard between courts one, two and three. K Brian Hanna represented the accused men. The men were arraigned before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in court one on two counts of armed robbery and one count of possessing a firearm while committing an offence. It is alleged that on December 19, 2011, the men committed an armed robbery at McClean's Town, robbing persons of cash and cell phones. It is also alleged that on January 20, 2012, the accused, while armed with a gun, robbed a man of his vehicle, wallet and cell phone. The accused were not required to enter pleas to the charges. The matters were adjourned to April 11, 2012. In court two before Magistrate Andrew Forbes, Smith and Roberts were charged with four counts of armed robbery. The men are accused of robbing three customers of a fast food restaurant on November 27, 2011. They are also accused of committing an armed robbery on December 19, 2011, robbing a man of his vehicle. The matters were adjourned to April 10, 2011. Smith and Roberts were also taken to court three, where they were arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones on three armed robbery charges. The men were charged with the armed robbery of Burger King on Yellow Pine Street on December 24; the armed robbery of Cora's Place on November 11, 2011; and an armed robbery at the International Bazaar on December 19, when a man was robbed of his vehicle. The pair was not required to enter pleas to the charges. The matters were adjourned to February 21, 2012. Smith and Roberts are also expected to be arraigned, along with five others, in the Gun Court in New Providence this week.


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