From the Courts
February 14, 2014
Rockies man sentenced to 15 years in prison

Fri Feb 14, 2014

Repeat robbery convict Kyle Bacchus was earlier this week given a new 15- year prison sentence.{{more}}

Bacchus, a resident of Rockies who was sentenced to a 10 year custodial sentence in October 2013 on another robbery charge, was convicted on Tuesday at the High Court of robbing Montgomery Cupid, a radio technician on September 14, 2012.

He was also convicted and sentenced to seven years in jail for possession of a firearm with intent to commit an offence.

Presiding judge Frederick Bruce-Lyle stated that the 15-year sentence will run concurrently with the 10-year sentence, meaning that following completion of his 10-year sentence, Bacchus will serve another five years imprisonment.

According to Cupid’s testimony, while he was walking in the vicinity of Dorsetshire Hill close to a shop, at about 4 a.m, someone approached him from behind and told him to “hand over everything.”

Cupid, who had two cellular phones in his possession, handed over both items to the person.

Cupid said his attacker demanded that he hand over his money, but noted that after he said he had no money, he was struck on the forehead with a gun.

Cupid further testified that he and his attacker began wrestling, and a woman who was living nearby began screaming.

The man then ran through a short cut in the area and, while doing so, he fell and dropped his gun.

Another prosecution witness told the court that when she heard her mother scream, she came onto the porch and saw the man running through the short cut.

She said she saw when Bacchus’ gun dropped while he was running. She claimed she was able to recognize Bacchus’ face when the hooded jacket he was wearing over his head fell off.

Bacchus, who represented himself in the matter, told the court that he was nowhere on the scene of the crime.

He said at that time, he was staying at the home of his father, Joseph “Bongo Shines” Caine in Calliaqua and that he had been staying there since September 10.

However, when Caine, an executive member of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Green Party, took the stand, he told the court that Bacchus came to his house on September 1.

Bacchus had also stated that he spent a total of four weeks in Calliaqua and even helped his father to build coal pits in Argyle.

However, his father said they worked on coal pits in Calliaqua.

Caine also told the court that his son was a good boy and stated that he would not commit such a crime.

Just before passing sentence, Bruce-Lyle told Bacchus that he does not have sympathy for persons who commit such crimes.

“You are a menace to society,” Bruce-Lyle said.

Crown counsel Karim Nelson led the prosecution’s case.

On October 15, 2013, Bacchus was convicted of robbing Romanso Jack of a Blackberry smartphone, a gold chain, USB cards, flash drives, a box of Kentucky Fried Chicken and other items valued at over $1,500, at Dorsetshire Hill on November 22, 2012.