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Judicial CP - June 2000

Trinidad Express, Port of Spain, 7 June 2000

Man who robbed Cro Cro recaptured

By Darryl Heeralal

AFTER 14 months on the run, one of the men convicted of robbing the family of calypsonian Cro Cro (Winston Rollins) and shooting his son Keene, was held at Gunhill, Cap-de-ville yesterday morning.

Dayne Joseph, 26, was convicted by Justice Herbert Volney in the San Fernando Second Assize Court on March 16, 1999. He had already escaped legal custody and was sentenced in his absence.

Joseph was held between 8.30 and 9 a.m.

The raid was headed by Snr Supt Owsyn Allard, and included ASP Joseph Nathaniel, Sgts Bruce, Wells and Cpls Denoon, Minors, PCs Garraway, Banga, Guness and Kennedy.

They had information that Joseph was at a woman's home in Gunhill.

When Joseph saw the police coming he jumped through the window and ran towards the forest, investigators said.

He was held about half mile behind the house.

Yesterday Joseph was taken to the State Prison at Frederick Street, Port of Spain.

Joseph has a number of outstanding robbery related warrants.

It is alleged that he committed these crimes after Joseph was jailed in absentia.

Joseph, Sheryn Thompson and three other men were found guilty by a nine-member jury on two counts of shooting with intent, two counts of robbery with aggravation and possession of arms and ammunition.

Joseph and Thompson were jailed for 38 years each on all the charges, seven years for each count of shooting, seven years and seven strokes for each count of robbery and five years hard labour for possession of arms and possession of ammunition.

On June 27, 1995, Joseph and his accomplices went into Cro Cro's Erin home and held up the family.

Cro Cro's wife Glenda was robbed of $10,000 in cash and jewelry, while Rollins' son Keene was shot.

His daughter Crystal escaped unhurt.

The five robbers were granted bail during the preliminary inquiry at the Point Fortin Magistrates Court.

Following Justice Volney's summation the jury was sequestered overnight.

The five men were told to return to court the following morning when the jury would return their verdict and they will be sentenced if necessary.

Joseph and Thompson did not return to court.

After the jury found them guilty, Justice Volney sentenced Joseph and Thompson in absentia.

Thompson is still on the run.

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