By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO men were arraigned yesterday in connection with an early morning home invasion in which a family was robbed of more than $47,000 in cash, jewellery and other assets.
Cleophas Smith, 20 of Faith Avenue and Cleaon Fulford, 19, of Sunshine Park appeared together before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez facing a charge each of burglary and three counts of armed robbery concerning the June 3 and 4 incident.
It is claimed that the two broke into a home on Silver Close Road between 11.45pm and 4am and while armed with a gun, robbed Michael, Silvia and Michaela Miller of various items including vehicles, cash, jewellery and electronics, together valued at $47,010.
The family was robbed of two vehicles, a Honda Accord worth $5,400 and a Ford F-150 Truck valued at $37,000. The remaining $4,610 worth of goods stolen were cash, jewellery, cell phones, bank cards, and other accessories.
Smith and Fulford were not required to enter a plea to the charges.
Police prosecutor Sgt Audrey Deveaux told Chief Magistrate Gomez that the case would be tried in the Supreme Court, as a Voluntary Bill of Indictment would be prepared to facilitate the transfer.
That presentation is scheduled for September 3.
Smith was then charged separately in connection with another home invasion-robbery that occurred three days prior on Mermaid Boulevard.
It is claimed that he, on May 31, broke into the home of Nicanor, Kadijah and Felton Thompson and robbed them of $4,865 worth of items and cash including a$3,000 Honda vehicle.
Smith was not allowed to enter a plea to the single burglary and three armed robbery charges. This matter will also be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court for trial. The VBI for this case will also be served on September 3.
Smith and Fulford were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.