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‘Tell your mother, sorry’

By AZARD ALI Tuesday, February 5 2013

HOURS before he was announced as the Government’s choice to be the country’s next President, Justice Anthony Carmona sentenced a man to five years in jail.

In passing sentence on Anthony Harris, 31, of San Fernando, for robbery with aggravation, Carmona told the accused, “Don’t thank me, when you see your mother, tell her you are sorry.”

Harris pleaded guilty in the San Fernando High Court to robbing patrons at a bar in Princes Town in 2003. State Attorney Mauricea Joseph told Carmona while Harris did not play a major role in committing the offence, nevertheless, he was the driver of the car for those who robbed the patrons. The patrons of the bar were robbed of jewelry and cash.

Attorney Richard Valere pleaded for mitigation on behalf of Harris, telling the judge that the court must take into account Harris’ guilty plea.

Carmona, in passing sentence, told Harris he was minded to impose a sentence of nine years in jail because he was equally culpable for the crime like those who actually carried out the robbery.

Carmona then sentenced Harris to five years in jail, after which, he told the judge, “I thank you, Your Honour.”

Carmona responded, “The best thing for you is not to thank me. When you see your mother, tell her you are sorry. How many Christmases she has spent grieving for her son.”

Valere thanked Carmona for the judicious manner in which he delivers justice. “You deliver justice with passion,” Valere said.

Carmona then left the courthouse in his vehicle, but was confronted by media personnel outside the building. He declined to take questions about him being the choice for President, but simply waved to reporters and photographers. Carmona is due to preside over another sentencing today in the High Court in San Fernando.

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