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Invalid guilty of robbery

Year 1995

A 46-YEAR-OLD invalid was yesterday found guilty of two counts of robbery with aggravation at the Port of Spain High Court.

  Kenrick Luke of Trou Macaque was on trial for a $200,000 bank robbery before Justice Melville Baird in the Fourth Criminal Court, Justice Baird postponed sentencing until Monday.

  Luke together with others robbed employees Alfie Skerritt of $239,900; US$4,000, CAN$250, EC$250 and Lucia Richardson of $l5,600 at the Bank of Commerce, Sangre Grande on May 16, 1993.

  Roger Gaspard and Reynold Waldropt prosecuted while Martin George conducted the defence. Several witnesses gave evidence including Lionel Sieunarine, who was the bank manager at the time.

  In his plea of mitigation, George said Luke was suffering from a number of medical and neurological diseases as a result of a stroke.

   “He grimaces when he is attempting to say the simplest of words and his slow and tortured walk. That in itself must be considered punishment. In his condition, he will be paying for the rest of his life,” George said.

  He told the court that incarceration of a man in Luke's condition may see no function and purpose.

  George said Luke had no pending matters or previous convictions and alot has happened since the incident occurred some 12 years ago. Because of his stroke, Luke will need medical treatment on a daily basis.  Luke was taken away yesterday in custody.


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