Pair jailed for armed raid on home

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Two young men who were part of an armed raid where a homeowner was held up at gunpoint have been jailed.

Wakeem Philpott, Detre Ford and a third man targeted the Barrack Close residence in St George’s on July 1, last year.

Ford stood guard outside the property while Philpott and the third man, who has never been caught, went inside the property and threatened the occupants with a gun.

Prosecutors maintained that the third man wielded the firearm during the home invasion and also tried to fire the gun at one of the occupants but it jammed.

Yesterday at Supreme Court, Philpott, 22, was jailed for ten years, while Ford, 24, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

Philpott had previously pleaded guilty to his involvement in the crime.

He admitted aggravated burglary as well as possessing a firearm and unlawfully attempting to discharge a firearm.

Ford had denied any involvement in the crime, but after a trial a jury convicted him unanimously of aggravated burglary and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Yesterday, prosecutor Javone Rogers described how Philpott had grabbed a wallet belonging to one of the occupants, which contained a small quantity of cash, during the home invasion.

Both Ford and Philpott were arrested later the same day in a car being driven by Ford through the Mullet Bay area of St George’s.

They were detained and when searched police officers found a firearm wrapped in a scarf in Philpott’s trousers.

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