By Zaya Williams
The last defendant involved in the 2018 break-in at All-Saints Secondary School has now been sentenced.
Ansonie Benjamin received a prison term of 5 years and 6 months as of yesterday.
Nearly five years ago, the police jointly charged three individuals in connection with this case.
Among them were the then 24-year-old Jarvania Simon from Freemans Village, 24-year-old Ansonie Benjamin, and 19-year-old Tyrike John, both residents of All Saints.
John and Simon faced additional charges related to firearm and ammunition possession.
On December 12, 2018, the police responded to a report of a break-in at All Saints Secondary School. Upon arriving at the scene, officers conducted a thorough search of the premises and discovered the men inside the cafeteria, where they were in the midst of loading food items into backpacks.
As the police announced their presence, the men swiftly fled from the building. During the pursuit, one of the security officers discharged a shot, and gunshots were heard emanating from another direction.
Later on, the officers heard the assailants making an attempt to scale the fence in a desperate bid to escape capture.
An officer managed to catch up to John and later found Benjamin in nearby bushes.
Subsequent searches yielded the discovery of a knapsack and two pistols.
The third defendant could not be located at the scene of the incident. However, after conducting surveillance on his residence, law enforcement eventually located him walking on a road in the village.
John and Simon had previously been sentenced in 2020, with John receiving a 10-year prison sentence and Simon an 8-year sentence.
Benjamin’s sentencing was concluded yesterday, resulting in a 5-and-a-half-year prison term.