December 11, 2009
Ex-Policeman pleads guilty to attempted robbery

Former Police Officer Irvin Billingy will be sentenced on an attempted robbery charge on December 16 at the High Court in Kingstown.{{more}}

After going through an entire trial at the Criminal Assizes, Billingy of Mt Grenan, pleaded guilty to attempting to rob National Lotteries Authority Sales representative Jeannette Dublin in broad daylight on December 15, 2008, at Mt Grenan.

Billingy was jointly charged with Roderick Clouden also of the same address, who pleaded on the fourth day of the trial. He, too, will be sentenced on December 16.

The court heard that Dublin went to collect Lottery monies from James Bobb’s shop at Mt Grenan in the company of Cash-in-transit officer, Fitzroy Hamlet from Guardsman SVG Limited.

After collecting the money and upon entering their vehicle, two masked men, one of whom had a gun, accosted Dublin and Hamlett. Dublin managed to fight off her attacker and Hamlet managed to fire shots at one of the masked men. One of the bullets caught him in his mouth and exited, shattering the windscreen.

Both men then fled the scene and were later arrested and charged with the offence.

Lawyer Arthur Williams represents Billingy in the matter. Director of Public Prosecutions Colin Williams along with Duane Daniel and Carl Williams led the crown’s case. (KW)