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Golden gun robbers’ appeal rejected

| 10/03/2017 | 35 Comments
Cayman News Service

Andrew Lopez

(CNS): Three men involved in the armed robbery at the Blackbeard’s liquor store at Grand Harbour in December 2014 failed to have their convictions overturned or their sentences cut when they appeared before the appeal court this week. The bungling robbers had used one of their mother’s cars for the heist, took the loot back to their home, wore distinctive clothing, were filmed on CCTV and used a gold spray-painted, pump-action shot-gun. They were easily tracked by police, especially as one of them was recognized by the store clerk.

Andrew Lopez, who was found to have been the getaway driver, appealed conviction on the grounds that the jury was not properly directed by the judge on the issue of why an accused person may lie for another reason other than the fact they are guilty of the crime, but it was rejected by the appeal court.

But Lopez, along with Randy Connor, who both received twelve years, also argued that this was manifestly excessive given their youth, the ineptitude of the crime and the fact that they were of relative good character, with convictions only for possession of ganja. Devon Wright, who had admitted his part in the crime from the beginning as he had been identified by the woman working in the shop at the time of the stick-up, appealed his sentence of nine years on the same basis.

As the judges enquired if it was open to the court to increase a sentence, it became clear to the attorneys involved that their clients were unlikely to be getting out of jail early and were clearly relieved when the court upheld the sentences.

The reasons for rejecting the appeals will be given in writing at a later date, the panel stated.

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Category: Courts, Crime

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  1. jay says:

    #GOLDENGUN #1SHOTKILL #GOLDENEYE #007 #JAMESBOND




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  2. Wst says:

    All them tattoos and soft like porridge




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  3. Anonymous says:

    He has winner “written” all over him……….




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  4. Anonymous says:

    “The ineptitude of the crime”? Excuse me, am I living on another planet? These airheads want some kind of consideration because of their stupidity?That’s a new one.
    Clearly they are a bunch of “mummy’s boys” living in some kind of “Game Boy” screwed up existence. They are darned lucky the judges didn’t increase their cage time. What a sorry bunch of moronic cretins.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if this Devon Wright is the little monster I taught in primary school 30 years ago or maybe his son? They were a dog city family and the three brothers have all done time in jail. The education authorities at the time, sitting in their offices in the Glass House, accused us of “not disciplining them properly”!!!




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    • Nanni says:

      Yeah, I feel ya’. The lack of proper parenting becomes the teachers’ problem and has been so for the last 30 years. Teachers can only do so much people….I taught this young man and he wasn’t even “bad” in school; I imagine too much time on his hands to be idle and no proper supervision outside school hours, leads to this sort of unscrupulous behavior. One statistic after the other…..parents must talk to their children and hold them accountable from a young age so as to teach them some principles and morals.




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  6. Tuna says:

    Real idiot! Golden gun 😂😂




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  7. Anonymous says:

    deportation order




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  8. Anonymous says:

    No, This is the result of poor parenting. How many homes and how many lives has alcohol ruined? I wont even wait for you to count.




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    • Stephanie says:

      That’s bullshit! I know one of the boys and bad parenting had nothin to do with it, he is just bad!




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      • Anonymous says:

        which one?




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      • Anonymous says:

        Stephanie Pucker up. as disgusting as it sounds.
        ( It’s ok if you could be gender confused, a kiss with a good intention and a thank you is still the same )
        You deserve a big Thank you and a slurpee big kiss.

        Grown bonkey boy want to act like bad man when the parents are out there busting their butts off to make a living for the ungrateful little suckers.

        Bad is bad. Nothing but Jail for the little old criminals.




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        • Anon says:

          Bad is bad…hmmm.

          Maybe, or maybe parents are not making enough time for their children. How come the kids that are well looked after and supervised don’t do this sort of thing? Seriously?




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  9. Jotnar says:

    The court enquired as to whether they could increase the sentence – LOL. Pity they didn’t. Seems that people just routinely appeal now as they think its a free hit and a day out, without any regard to the cost to the taxpayer.




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  10. Anonymous says:

    Not today Bobo !! Stay in jail! Keep these idiots off the streets !




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  11. Anonymous says:

    For those that rebuke Ganja’s role in criminality, or deny that it amplifies stupid cells, we give you: Exhibits A, B, & C!




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    • Chocolate milk... says:

      So close minded. Had nothing to do with ganja and everything to do with stupidity. Some of the greatest thinking minds in the world smoke Marijuana. For such a God fearing nation your law is contradictory to your precious religions- God gave us all the plants so why would you generalise the drug and make it synonymous with crime. Silly close minded attitude. Roll one up and let’s get medicated!!




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      • Anonymous says:

        Bull heads only




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      • Anonymous says:

        You are crazy or your drug-addled brain has been damaged.
        If you truly feared God, you would not touch this shit.
        Use your brain if there’s anything left of it.




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        • Anonymous says:

          If you truly feared god you wouldn’t be using the internet. Don’t you know this is the Satan’s little toy?




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      • Anonymous says:

        There’s a gram of truth in what you say. Conan Doyle had Sherlock Holmes partaking in a “seven percent” solution to rest his extraordinary intellect between cases, Not that this need – by any stretch of the imagination – could be applied to these blockheads, of course.




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    • Anonymous says:

      You talking about Syed and Allen?




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    • Sam says:

      Shut up




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    • Anonymous says:

      Cannabis is not the problem. People don’t steal to support recreational cannabis use when all you need is a seed and soil to grow the plant. The problem is poor parenting and harmful drugs such as coke,crack and liquor.




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