Convicted in absence


Tribune Staff Reporter


A MAN who absconded near the conclusion of his double armed robbery trial was convicted by a Supreme Court jury.

If Kendeno Rolle is ever found, he will be sent to Her Majesty’s Prison for 12 years - the sentence Justice Indra Charles handed down on Tuesday. Rolle faced two charges of armed robbery which he denied.

It was claimed that he robbed two women on November 5, 2011, of cash, jewellery, and handbags containing personal belongings.

The trial began last week and on Thursday when closing addresses were to be made, the defendant who was on bail never returned to court and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. On Tuesday, Justice Charles summed up the evidence before excusing the jury to decide on a verdict shortly after 2pm. The verdict came down a few hours later and it was unanimously guilty. Justice Charles handed down a 12-year-sentence on each count to the absent convict to run concurrently and to begin from the date of his custody again.


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