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Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021

Pump attendant fed robbers information to pull off fatal heist

Pump attendant fed robbers information to pull off fatal heist

Prosecutors have alleged that Shemar Richardson’s involvement in the robbery-homicide in Parquaita Bay on April 18 was that he fed inside information to the perpetrators who executed the crime on the night in question.

This was outlined Friday morning when Richardson appeared before Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin for robbery.

He was not made to plead to the charge as the matter is an indictable offence triable before a judge and jury in High Court.

According to the allegations, Richardson was working as a long-time pump attendant at Big Brothers Gas Station, owned and operated by Maricel Pickering.

About 7 pm on the night in question, Pickering closed the gas station to head home. She gave Richardson a ride since his residence was on the way, the court heard.

She had in her possession a plastic bag containing $3,100 which is said to be her day’s earnings. After reaching his drop-off point, Richardson — the accused — left the car.

‘Give me the money’

Pickering later arrived at her residence and exited her vehicle with the plastic bag. She was reportedly greeted by a male voice who said “give me the money”. The court heard that she got frightened and ran. She reportedly dropped the bag of money and began screaming for help.

Based on a combination of information aired in court and that which was released by the police, it was around that time Pickering’s mother, Catherine exited her house in response to the commotion.

After chasing some leads, police took Pickering into custody where he was questioned during an audio-visual interview. The court heard that he admitted to giving others information on the time the gas station would be closed, how the money would be transported, the time Pickering usually leaves, and the time Pickering left on the night in question.

After hearing the allegations, the court denied bail to Richardson; given the seriousness of the offence. The court was also told that more charges might be laid against the accused.

He is scheduled to return to court on May 27.


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