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Police found socks in defendant’s pockets

A teen charged with attempted burglary was allegedly caught with a pair of black socks believed to be used in connection with the offence, Magistrates' Court heard yesterday.

Tahj Robinson, 17, is charged with attempting to break into a home on Rocklands Road in Warwick on November 12, whereby the homeowners allegedly chased and captured him. He is also charged with possessing equiptment to be used in connection with the offence.

Mr Robinson, represented in court by defence lawyer Larry Mussenden, denies both charges.

Earlier in the trial the court heard from Warwick homeowner Sergio Lottimore who said he had just finished playing videogames with his brother, Lorenzo, at 10am when he saw someone “behaving suspiciously” on the wall outside his apartment door.

The 25-year-old said he and his brother hid in separate bedrooms and listened as the stranger tried to enter the home through a kitchen door and window.

They decided to arm themselves with a machete and pruning saw and “were both prepared to exit the house and challenge the suspect,” Mr Lottimore said last Tuesday.

The brothers lost the suspect for a few moments, then found the alleged burglar in a neighbours yard and chased after him. Both brothers restrained him until police arrived to arrest him.

Yesterday Acting Sergeant Travel Brown, of the Bermuda Police Service, said he was one of the officers who arrested and processed the alleged suspect at the Somerset Police Station.

He said: “(Mr Robinson) was placed in the rear of the police car vehicle and Police Constable DeSilva and myself conveyned him to the Somerset Police Station. We arrived at 10.50 am and commenced processing the defendant.

“While processing him in the jail area I heard him mention something about being at the house. At the time I reminded him he is still under caution and he said ‘I was admitting to breaking in the house'.

“Whilst he was being processed I observed PC DeSilva take a pair of black socks from the defendants right jeans pocket. After that I left the jail area.”

Mr Mussenden put to the officer that Mr Robinson did not use that kind of language suggested, but the Acting Sergeant maintained he did.

“Have you heard a young Bermudian speak like this: ‘I was admitting to breaking into the house'?,” said Mr Mussenden.

The lawyer also asked the officer why he did not mention seeing the socks taken out of Mr Robinson's jeans pocket until two weeks after the alleged offence.

“When processing him you observed there were some black socks taken out of his pants pocket? You do not mention that in the statement you made on November 13 and it wasn't until two weeks later you actually write that down in a statement that you saw that.”

Mr Mussenden argued there should be ‘no case to answer' in respects to the charge of possessing equiptment used in connection with the attempted burglary.

However Crown counsel Karen King amended the charge to read ‘socks' instead of ‘gloves' and maintained there was enough evidence to proceed with the charge.

The trial continues this morning before Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner.

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Published December 07, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 3:30 am)

Police found socks in defendant’s pockets

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