When the matter was called up for sentencing in the Corporate Area last month Resident Magistrate's Court, Resident Magistrate (RM) Maxine Ellis said because of the age of the accused men, she had to consider their background.
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There was heightened drama inside the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last week after three male prostitutes faced the court for their involvement in the robbery of a man's phone, after the man had picked up one of their friends whom he thought was a woman and had paid him for sexual favours.
The men, David 'Rihanna' Stewart, 21; Akeem 'Shelly-Ann' Barnett, 21; and Shevaun 'Batman' Lewis, 23, all of Kingston addresses, were recently arrested and charged with robbery with aggravation.
According to the police report, on August 17 around 11:30 pm, the complainant was driving along Waterloo Road in St Andrew when he was signalled to stop by someone whom he thought was a woman. The person reportedly shouted out: "Drop me down the road."
The man picked up the crossdresser and while he was driving on South Avenue the crossdresser reportedly told him that he did not have any money and was willing to perform oral sex on him for $500.
The complainant agreed, turned around his car and reportedly returned to premises on Waterloo Road and paid $1,000 to the crossdresser.
Upon reaching the compound, the crossdresser reportedly asked to look at the complainant's private member and realised that he did not have any condom and was asked by the complainant: "How you a woman and nuh have no condom?"
The crossdresser opened the car door and the complainant saw a group of people whom he recognised as men dressed as women and became uncomfortable, saying that he was no longer interested in the sexual transaction as he was doubtful about the crossdresser's true gender.
Further reports are that while the complainant was discussing the crossdresser's gender when he heard his cellular phone ringing and realized that it was in the crossdresser's bag. The accused reportedly had taken the phone and other items valued at $43,000 and quickly ran off in the direction of New Kingston.
The court heard that the men entered the motor vehicle of the victim of a robbery with the intention of assisting in the recovery of what had been stolen.
However, allegations are that the victim was again set upon by the accused men, who robbed him and used stones to destroy his vehicle. The court also heard that another individual who was part of the robbery is at large.
Ellis told the accused men: "Your syndicate is operating in such a way that persons are afraid to go about their lawful business. You are not here because of your lifestyle. You are an embarrassment to persons who want an alternative lifestyle. I am not the least bit concerned with what you want to do with your lifestyle, however, when you go about and rob, that's where I have to take a stand."
Ellis told the men that they would be given custodial sentences, however, she needed a social enquiry report.
The men were further remanded until October 21 for sentencing.