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Three teens have been sentenced for their part in a “cowardly” mugging that left a 33-year-old man with a titanium plate in his skull.

Kyle Daniels Smith, of Warwick, and Sanchea Douglas, of Pembroke, will each serve four years, with time in custody taken into account.

The pair had earlier admitted robbing Jamaican construction worker Kevin Abrahams on August 4, 2012, after he came to a Rambling Lane, Pembroke, residence to collect his ten-year-old son.

Judah Roberts, also from Pembroke, had pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Abrahams during the attack, which took place in front of his distraught child.

He was sentenced to time spent in custody, plus two years' probation.

The three, all of whom are now 18, appeared yesterday in the Supreme Court.

Their victim, left with serious head injuries, is still undergoing treatment, and both his sons live with family outside Bermuda.

A fourth defendant, 22-year-old Sergio Robinson-Woolridge, was sentenced on Friday to seven years' imprisonment for robbery.

Daniels Smith apologised to Mr Abrahams, telling the court: “I really am truly sorry.”

He said he got caught up in the incident, in part, because he was intoxicated. Lawyer Charles Richardson said his client had fallen prey to “mob psychology” but did not join in the punching and kicking of Mr Abrahams. The victim was beaten with a plank and hit in the head with a bottle during the melee.

Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons said she accepted the Crown's characterisation of the attack as “thuggery”.

According to family members who contacted The Royal Gazette after the hearing, Daniels Smith had studied overseas following his first offence, but was home from his first year of college, paid for by his family, at the time of the attack.

Douglas, meanwhile, was on probation for a January 2012 affray. The court heard he was found guilty, at the age of 13, of assaulting a schoolmate.

Crown counsel Susan Mulligan said Douglas told Mr Abrahams he would shoot his son if he called police. He denies uttering the threat.

Citing the effect of his peers on Douglas on the day of the attack — as well as alcohol — lawyer Duante Williams told Mrs Justice Simmons: “Hindsight is 20-20. In this circumstance, the cliché is never better placed.”

Douglas asked for forgiveness, saying the robbery was “a mistake that I will spend the rest of my life eternally regretting”.

He added: “I want more for myself. I want to be someone others can look up to.”

Mrs Justice Simmons pointed out his offence had been committed while on probation.

“You're young, but your young history is replete with criminal activities,” she said.

Roberts, who was 16 at the time of the offence, was said to have been “acting out” in the months prior to it.

Lawyer Craig Attridge said he was “frequenting areas and associating with negative peers” at the time.

Roberts has admitted striking Mr Abrahams with a bottle. Mr Attridge described it as “a weapon of opportunity” as it was the bottle he was drinking from.

From the dock, Roberts also apologised, telling the court his victim “didn't deserve any of the things that happened to him”.

“I accept full responsibility for my role,” he added.

Mrs Justice Simmons answered him: “You have no one to blame but yourselves.”

(Photo by Glenn Tucker) Jailed: Sanchea Douglas
(Photo by Glenn Tucker) Jailed: Kyle Daniels-Smith
(Photo by Glenn Tucker) Sentenced: Judah Roberts
Kyle Daniels-Smith and Judah Roberts (Photo by Mark Tatem)
Sanchea Douglas (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published October 07, 2013 at 3:28 pm (Updated October 08, 2013 at 12:32 am)

Teens jailed for brutal mugging

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