Jamal Fray was sentenced to two years in prison after admitted robbing a Devonshire man of $1,000. During his previous Court appearance he pleaded guilty to the offence, with the Court hearing he forced a man to withdraw money from the ATM after threatening to stab him. He committed this offence just weeks after being released from prison for a prior offence.
At the sentencing hearing yesterday, Fray, 39, claimed that the man had lied about the incident. He said that he had not robbed the man and that he had an agreement with the man to borrow the money and repay it. Fray said: “It is hard for me to have remorse for someone who lied and set me up.”
A Victim Impact Statement was read to the Court, in which the victim said that he was now nervous and would be afraid whenever he knew that Fray was not in jail as Fray was a man of violence.
Before passing sentence, Senior Magistrate Archie Warner reviewed Fray’s criminal record which showed that he had been incarcerated previously on a wounding conviction and Fray had been released in October 2012.
Before that, Fray had been incarcerated after being convicted of robbery. The Magistrate also pointed out that Fray had other earlier incarcerations and convictions for assault, sexual assault of a female, possession of ammunition, and use of offensive words.