A nine-member jury on late Tuesday afternoon, March 19, 2013, found Jahlie Plante and Dillan Faucher guilty of robbery. Faucher was also found guilty of the possession of a firearm without a valid license.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 23, 2013.
According to court records, Mikel Justin was using his cell phone, a black and silver Motorola, while walking along Micoud Street in Castries at about 11: 45 pm on November 30, 2008 when he passed two men near Taxi Boutique.
Soon after, he was reportedly sandwiched by the same men. He then felt something pressed against his head and heard a demand to “pass it”.
Justin handed over his cell phone and $30 cash. Following the robbery, the complainant proceeded on foot toward the Beat and Patrol Unit where he met a police officer. He reported what had happened and was escorted to the police station.
When he had been there for some time, he noticed two men enter the station bearing a distinct resemblance to the men who had robbed him, down to the hoodies they wore and their complexion. He observed the men for a few minutes then pointed them out to police officers as the men who had accosted him earlier in the night. Plante and Faucher were the two men arrested by officers on the night in question.
Under oath, Constable St. Croix of the Special Services Unit (SSU) told the court that he was approached by Justin and told that he had just been robbed. He escorted Justin to the police station and returned to the area of the Square. He soon encountered two men matching the description of the assailants and detained them at gun point, making them sit on the ground. He did not conduct a search at the time, but called for assistance.
When the requested assistance was on scene, officers recovered one black and silver Motorola cell phone from Plante and $15 and change from Faucher. St. Croix also recovered a .25 mm pistol in the area where Faucher had been sitting.
Faucher attempted to evade arrest and ran away from the officers. He was soon restrained and placed under arrest.
St. Croix picked up the pistol and disarmed it and carried it to the police station where he handed it over along with the cell phone and cash to the investigating officer, WPC Henry.
Though Faucher made claims of police brutality, his statement recorded on the night of the incident was taken in the presence of his attorney, and there were no questions raised at the time.
Plante’s statement was recorded in the presence of a Justice of the Peace.