Man fined $2,000 for St George’s robbery
A 31-year-old man was fined $2,000 yesterday after he admitted robbing another man.
Charles Butterfield told Magistrates’ Court that he was “remorseful” about the robbery.
Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo told Butterfield, from St George’s, that he had “terrorised” the victim.
Butterfield said: “Yes, he was scared.”
The court heard that the incident, in which the defendant took his victim’s mobile phone and wallet, was sparked by a chain snatch that happened when Butterfield was 11 years old.
Mr Tokunbo said: “It was vigilante — it was taking the law into your own hands. You wanted revenge, you exacted justice.”
Mr Tokunbo added: “I don’t think you’re a bad person.”
Butterfield had earlier pleaded guilty to the incident, which happened in St George’s on February 16.
In an unrelated case, Butterfield was also fined $2,950 and given 40 demerit points after he admitted several traffic offences.
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