KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, April 24, 2019 (CMC) – A High Court judge has sentenced Soca artiste, Bradley “Party Dawg” Huggins, to more than nine months in jail, after he was found guilty of robbing a security guard, of more than EC$1,000 in 2015.
The 28 year-old singer was jailed, along with his two accomplices — Osborne Brudy, 28, and Terron Prince, 33 — after they too, were found guilty of robbing security guard, Kevorn Skinner, of cash and personal items, totalling EC$1,100, on Christmas Day.
They were also charged with abduction of the security guard, but the jury returned a not guilty verdict on that charge.
Huggins was jailed for nine years, 11 months and three weeks, and had urged Justice, Brian Cottle, not to be too harsh on him, saying also, he wished he could apologise to the victim.
“I know it is hard, because I, myself, was a victim of gunshot, and it had me in a mental state for a while, so I know it is something that is going to take a while to get over. I’m really sorry,” he said, adding that he felt he had disappointed his fans.
“Me, being an entertainer, looking for people to respect me or follow me, I just feel like I let everybody down and everybody who supported me. I am sorry, and sorry to this honourable court,” Huggins said, telling the High Court that he is the single parent of two daughters and his parents are unable to provide, financially, for his children.
The High Court heard that the security guard was robbed, as he accepted an offer, of a ride home, from the accused men, since transportation was difficult to get on a public holiday.
The men demanded that he provide them with the details of his ATM card, and made two withdrawals, of EC$300 and EC$200, from his account.
The men then went to a bar, and while drinking, the security guard escaped and notified the police.
In mitigation, Brudy told the court he was “so sorry for what happened”.
“I am begging for a second chance, your lordship. Right now, I am not feeling myself,” he said, while Prince said that he was serving a five-year sentence and his family was looking for him to come home next year.
But the judge reminded the accused that robbery carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment on conviction, and that the aggravating features of the case are, that the robbery occurred over a prolonged period; that Skinner was kept in the car for a while; and was being driven, to and from the bank, before he was able to escape.
“This robbery took place on Christmas Day, the holiest of holidays. It was the work of a gang of assailants and they used a weapon,” Justice Cottle said, adding that the only mitigating factor he found, was that some of the money was recovered.
Brudy was jailed for seven years and nine months, while Prince, who had nine previous convictions, was jailed for nine years and nine months.
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