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UPDATE: Sebastien gets 20 years behind bars for FirstBank Robbery

-Tears fail to move judge
Royden Sebastien in white tee-shirt about to enter the Magistrate’s Court on January 24, 2012. Mr Sebastien pleaded guilty on March 5, 2013 before High Court Judge Albert Redhead and was sentenced to 20 years in jail today, March 20, 2013. Photo/File: VINO
The robbery allegedly occurred around 10 A.M. on July 26, 2010. Photo: VINO/File
The robbery allegedly occurred around 10 A.M. on July 26, 2010. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Justice Albert Redhead had no remorse for 28-year-old Royden Sebastien despite his emotional pleas for leniency at his sentencing hearing in the High Court today, March 20, 2013 for his involvement in the 2010 First Bank Robbery. Sebastien had pleaded guilty on March 5, 2013.

The court room saw much tears this morning from Sebastien and his mother Estella Anthony who pleaded for mercy for her son. The man threw himself prostrate before Justice Redhead telling him how sorry he was for his actions and that he had no intention of hurting anyone.

“I know what I did was wrong and I am ready for the punishment, but I am asking for some leniency for my sake and my mother's sake," pleaded the man as Justice Redhead looked directly at him with a straight face and no sign of being rocked by the plea and tears.

Sebastien was represented by Attorney at Law Richard Rowe.

On the account that monies and weapons were ever found, Justice Redhead said he was convinced Sebastien was prepared to pay the price for the others still at large. 

His mother Ms Anthony, who took to the stand to enter a plea for her son, said she had been in the Virgin Islands for over two decades and is now retired after working for some years as a security guard.

She said she raised her children as a single mother but she was so often taken up with her many jobs that her children did not get the attention they needed.

See previous article posted on March 5, 2013

FirstBank robbery accused pleads guilty

Royden Sebastien, who is accused of being part of a group that carried out a daring robbery on FirstBank in 2010, has pleaded guilty before High Court Judge Albert Redhead.

Sebastien entered the guilty plea this morning, March 5, 2013.

It is alleged that, Sebastien along with others unknown, robbed the bank of $31,627 on the morning of July 26, 2010. Around 10 A.M., three masked men, equipped with rifles, burst into the financial institution and demanded all the customers on the floor.

Two men jumped over the counter and demanded money from the tellers, Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe had previously told the Magistrate's Court.

Sebastien has been remanded to prison.

See previous article posted on January 24, 2012

Fingerprints link Sebastien to FirstBank robbery – Court hears   

Royden Sebastien, fingered in the 2010 FirstBank robbery, is allegedly linked to the crime after his fingerprints were lifted from the getaway vehicle, according to the Crown.

The 28 year-old appeared before Magistrate Tamia Richards this morning, January 24, 2012 but was not allowed to plea since the offence is an indictable one.

It is alleged that, Sebastien along with others unknown, robbed the bank of $31,627 on the morning of July 26, 2010. Around 10 a.m., three masked men, equipped with rifles, burst into the financial institution and demanded all the customers on the floor.

Two men jumped over the counter and demanded money from the tellers, Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe told the court.

Eyewitnesses described two of the men to be 5, 5” and the other to be approximately six feet with one of the robbers dressed in an “orangish tee shirt” and yellow trousers, and the other two allegedly had on blue pants and white tee shirts. The masks allegedly appeared to be made from tee shirts.

The court heard that the Assistant Manager went to the “back and pressed the panic” with the Police arriving shortly after. From the Assistant Manager’s recollection of the event leading up to the robbery, it was revealed that around 7:20 a.m. she saw a gray SVU parked close to the bank’s main entrance door.

Later on the same day, July 26, 2010, a gray Suzuki Grand Vitara RT 1540 was found abandoned parked along the McNamara Hill road, Scatliffe further stated.

“The engine was still running and the rear right wheel was deflated. No person was seen in the area,” she added. However, a black and purple face mask and some other items were found in the vehicle.

Police found out that the vehicle was stolen after a resident made a report the same morning around 8:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, two days later on July 28, 2010 the defendant was brought in for an informal interview and he allegedly told the detective that he was surprised he was questioned on the same day of the robbery because “he always get accused for these kinds of crimes.”

The Belmont Estate resident informed officers that on the day of the robbery he got up at around 8 a.m., hitched a ride to town where he played basketball with friends at the Purcell basketball court and then lime on the stairs of McKelly’s building.

However, the court heard that with insufficient evidence to hold him, the 28 year-old was released pending further investigations. Then, as a result of a cannabis arrest on January 20, 2012, Sebastien was officially charged with one count of robbery.

According to Principal Crown Counsel Scatliffe, preliminary fingerprint analysis has confirmed that Sebastien’s fingerprints were found in the grey SUV. She also revealed that the robbers left a bag in the bank and that along with the items in the vehicle have been sent for DNA testing. Those results are still pending.

Crown objected to bail

Given the serious nature of the crime where lives were at risk, Sebastien seen as a flight risk and his alleged close connections to St. Croix, Scatliffe objected to any bail offer. She also noted that with the accused alleged accomplices still at large, she is worried that potential witnesses may be “interfered with”.

Sebastien, who will be representing himself, asked for all the evidence that police have against him. He told the Magistrate that he just wanted to get “this over with”. The matter is set for February 21, when it will be up for report.

As for the cannabis charges, Sebastien pled guilty to cultivation of cannabis and unlawful possession of cannabis and will be sentenced on January 31, 2012.

Officers found six grams of cannabis at his home on January 20. The street value is $160.

28 Responses to “UPDATE: Sebastien gets 20 years behind bars for FirstBank Robbery”

  • k (24/01/2012, 14:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    But wait, is his brother Ricky not in jail for robbing Development Bank?
    • Crank Shaft (24/01/2012, 15:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, and it was said that he took part in that robbery as well but they just couldn't link him to it.
    • judgement (21/03/2013, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Get your facts straight before u talk what comes out of you, ricky out and free
  • Elli (24/01/2012, 14:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hmm. He turn lawyer now (asking for all the evidence). But I agree with you, don't waste your money acquiring the services of a lawyer when you know you are guilty.
    • ova @ out (05/03/2013, 16:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      so happy this is over
      • big bird (06/03/2013, 06:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Some people continue to think they are above the law,and continue to break the law to cover past lawlessness.
  • Jog (24/01/2012, 16:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    God dont sleep! I am glad we have a praying community!
    • conflict (21/03/2013, 06:41) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      What do they expect the youths to do, make blood out of stone? there is no jobs and no $$$$$ on the streets!
  • q-tips (24/01/2012, 17:57) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    maybe he will get some training from Myron and get a job..he ha
  • legal team (05/03/2013, 16:30) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply

    Section 210 (1) of the BVI Criminal Code,which came into force on 1st September 1997,states " A person is guilty of Robbery if he steals and immediately before or at the time of doing so,and in order to do so,he uses force on any person or puts or seeks to put any person in FEAR of being then and there subjected to force".
    Sub-section (2) of Section 210 states "A person who commits ROBBERY is guilty of an OFFENCE and is liable on conviction to IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE"!
    News in review:Road Town Tortola BVI: On 15th August,2007/2008,at about 11.00AM,3 mask gunmen entered Virgin Islands Bank,ajacent to the Social Security Board building,robbed the bank and during the ROBBERY,shot Honorable-Andrew Fahie and a Dominica-born belonger.The robbers were described as 2 shot men and 1 very-very tall man:It was reported,that it was the very-very-tall man,who shot Fahie and the Dominica-born-belonger. I had told the Dominican lady and her mother,that whoever shot PB will one day face judgement!Don't do them Evil;just light a candle,and let their evil deeds and evil thoughts come right back at them.That is exactly what my family did to the Criminal who shot the legal team in the line of duty in the BVI:But today,people like blogger "RICKII" want to tell Legal Team,"oh u get pension fr BVI and get status,so u legal team should not blogg?".RICKII,Legal Team served Her Majesty-The Queen,for 23yrs and 5 months,so if Her Majesty makes provisions under Her BVI laws,to grant the Legal Team a pension,what Her Majesty does,is none of your DAAAM business!!
    Well I Bloging on this Democratic news site;because I want to tell Royden Sebastien-"Royden,you know what I know",and it is only because,I had taken an Oath to serve Her Majesty-The Queen,and that Oath,ensured that all high profile secret information that I received while I was serving Her Majesty,must remain secret even after retirement.ROYDEN;The law declares,that if you are guilty of Robbery,the sentence IS Life imprisonment.All those Criminals who go out there Tormenting Her Majesty's Citizens and Residents,will one day pay for their Crimes against society! I hope the blogger-RICKII is not one of these CRIMINALS,in peaceful BVI!Royden; YOUR @@@@@$$$$$$$ is going to jail for a long-long-TIME!!!!!!!

  • Nephew (08/03/2013, 11:08) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    Free royee
  • Chris (20/03/2013, 13:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    These boys be watching two much action movie...and don't think before they act... and then the spent all the money and he just get 20 years now lets see if we can get him to talk after five years
  • - (20/03/2013, 13:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    i only hope that black one from the same bank gets lock up too
    • ah who (20/03/2013, 15:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      ah who dat? it had another robbery deh? meeno bout dah. spill deh beans mon.
  • son of the soil (20/03/2013, 13:53) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    Another islandman bites the dust
  • bvi (20/03/2013, 14:22) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    So you let the boy go for killing the youth at the club because he claims he was helping a situation. But you give max years to those that isnt so tight in the police force. Wake up tortola..this place need god and clean hearts. To much bad minds!
  • x factor (20/03/2013, 16:00) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    after they done do the crime dem ah bawl like children Yaaawn
  • HOL (20/03/2013, 20:06) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    He just needs to learn from his mistakes... we all make them
  • ausar (21/03/2013, 05:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tis more in that mortar than just the pestle. Trust me on that. I hear alotta story from this side of the Virgin Islands. Menarrrr geha nuddin to say, me bwoy!!

    Accomplices, hmm. Lotta people hear bow those too!
  • wise-up (21/03/2013, 06:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yet another brother gone to the big-house and we sitting wondering why our VI doing down hill; "some" of these young guys do NOT want to work hard for anything;them watching to much TV and playing to much of them stupid video games....dont drop the soap !!!!!
  • JACK BE STILL (21/03/2013, 07:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I feel so sorry for his poor mother
  • Paige Summer (21/03/2013, 11:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't understand people who find glory in other people misery. Yes he deserves to be punished for the crime he committed but who is you to be saying he should go to jail for life and say all kind of evil things about his mother etc. etc. Tell me which day any of you bloggers when a day with out one sin. Sin is sin no matter the form or fashion strups you people make me sick acting like you so perfect. If you want to comment try not to act like you are God or like you so perfect. God forgives everyone and this young man I pray will see this dark part as the way to getting his soul right with God. Praying for you Royden.
  • JUSTICE DELAYED! (22/03/2013, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    20 + 20


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