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For robbing Adrian Ragoonanan of $108, a visu-
ally-impaired man who plays music on the streets
of San Fernando, a Pleasantville man was sent to
jail for 30 months yesterday.
Keston Codrington, 38, was also slapped
with two additional charges, for using
obscene language and resisting arrest,
when he was confronted by police after
He appeared before Deputy Chief Mag-
istrate Mark Wellington in the San Fer-
nando Magistrates Court.
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan told
the court that on November 13, Ragoo-
nanan was playing his violin on Lower
High Street in front of Scotiabank.
Ragoonanan had a box on the ground
in front of him, with the $108 cash
Codrington walked up to him,
pushed him with his hand and told
him, "Give me that money."
Ragoonanan became afraid and
handed over the money.
Codrington took it and walked away along
High Street. Passersby alerted PC Ramsaywack of
the San Fernando Police Station who was on patrol,
along with other officers.
While walking along High Street, Ramsaywack
saw Codrington. He identified himself as a police
officer and told Codrington of the report of robbery
with violence against him.
Codrington replied "What money allyah talking
about, I eh take no money."
Ramsaywack told him he was under arrest and
held onto his hand, but Codrington pulled away
violently and shouted, "Leave meh alone, I go (exple-
tive) kill allyuh."
With the assistance of other officers, Ramsaywack
eventually subdued Codrington and took him to
the San Fernando Police Station where he was
charged. Codrington had $40 in cash clenched in
his right hand when he was arrested.
In court yesterday, when asked by Wellington
what he had to say for himself, Codrington said,
"I was thiefing." When Wellington asked him if had
left his home in Pleasantville to come to San Fer-
nando to rob people, Codrington replied, "Yes."
Wellington sentenced him to 30 months in jail
for the robbery with violence, 21 days for obscene
language and 28 days for resisting arrest.
When he heard the sentence, Codrington asked,
"Jail or St Ann s sir?"
Wellington replied, jail and the prisoner said,
"Thanks eh magistrate, I will behave mehself."
President of the Prisons Officers Association
(POA) Ceron Richards says now that Sterling
Stewart has been confirmed as Commis-
sioner of Prisons he expects the safety
and security of off duty prisons offi-
cers would be his main focus.
Stewart was given his confirmation
letter by the Public Service Commis-
sion last Tuesday. He was named act-
ing commissioner in March.
He received his confirmation from
chairman of the Service Commission
Dr Marjorie Thorpe and Permanent
Secretary with responsibility for
Prison, Simeon Yearwood.
"It is good for morale to see him
being confirmed in this position,"
Richards said in a telephone interview
"We are elated. We are very happy
for commissioner of prisons and one
of his deputies who was also confirmed.
It always augers well."
He said the confirmation gave the
service a sense of being settled and gave
"We hope with the filling of that
vacancy, that the other vacancies will
be filled to follow.
"We hope people won t act in posi-
tions for too lengthy a period of time.
We spoke to service commission last week
and we were told the process for filling of
vacancies to prisons officer two and other positions
He said while the association was happy for Stew-
art, their hope was that he would make every effort
to have the issue of officer safety addressed in a
Visually-impaired musician Adrian Ragoonanan.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
According to information released
from the Prisons Service, Stewart
started off as a postman during the
period of 1975-1978 before becoming a
He achieved his Masters in Applied
Criminology, Penology and
Management from the University of
Cambridge while simultaneously
completing the CCJC Gang
Management, Critical Incident & Public
Information Trading Programme from
Carson Criminal Justice Consultants.
The service congratulated Stewart
and described him as the embodiment
of "leading by example."
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