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Teenager takes the stand in his own defence

A teenager charged with attempted burglary told Magistrates' Court he went to the house involved in the offence to look for a girl he met at a party.

Tahj Robinson, 17, is charged with attempting to break into a home on Rocklands Road on November 12, whereby the homeowners chased him through the neighbourhood and apprehended him until Police arrived.

Mr Robinson was formerly charged with possessing an article, namely gloves or socks, to be used in connection with the attempted break in.

However, yesterday his lawyer Larry Mussenden argued there was not enough evidence to support the charge. Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner agreed there was no case to answer.

The teenager, of Spice Hill Road in Warwick, denies attempted burglary.

Speaking in his own defence yesterday, Mr Robinson said he was at his friend Malcolm Outerbridge's house on near-by Rocklands Crescent for a party on the night of November 11.

“We was up his house with a couple of girls, just chilling, and talking,” he said.

“There was like a gathering. One of the girls (nicknamed Pumpkin) was of interest to me. I did make some kind of connection with her. For the whole night we were there talking and laughing.”

Mr Robinson said his mom came and picked him up later that night, but he returned to his friend's house the next morning on foot to pick up his cell phone, a pair of football shorts, socks and sneakers that he forgot.

“I arrived at (Malcolm's) house, gathered my stuff and he was on the phone with one of the girls he talked with the last night.

“I decided to try to visit the girl I had been (talking) with the night before. I left Malcolm's yard and walked up the hill to go and visit the girl.

“I sat on the wall and then I approached the house (I thought she lived at) and knocked twice. No one answered. I went to the window and said ‘hello' to the window.”

According to Mr Robinson he left the house, but was later chased and captured by brothers Sergio and Lorenzo Lottimore before Police arrived.

Crown counsel Karen King questioned why the defendant didn't call the girl before going to knock on her door.

Mr Robinson said he didn't get her number, but saw her walking over the hill when leaving the gathering and wanted to try and find her.

During cross examination, he admitted to telling Mr Outerbridge he had gone to look for ‘Pumpkin'.

But Ms King questioned why he didn't ask his friend, who went to school with the girl, where she lived. Mr Robinson said he didn't know why.

He was also asked why neither he or his friend mentioned to Police the alleged burglary was just a “mistake”; a case of knocking on the wrong house.

Ms King said: “I suggest to you the story you told us about looking for (Pumpkin's) house was not true”. But the defendant maintained it was true.

Lawyer Mr Mussenden presented his closing arguments yesterday and said: “The real thrust of it was the two brothers were in different rooms in the house saying they heard a door clicking and a window being picked.”

He told Mr Warner that he shouldn't be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime actually took place, when the brothers didn't see his client do it.

But the Magistrate said he still had evidence to consider, like the fact that Acting Sergeant Travel Brown, of the Bermuda Police Service, heard Mr Richardson allegedly admit to the attempted break in. The case is adjourned until Friday morning.

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Published December 08, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 3:29 am)

Teenager takes the stand in his own defence

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