Island Water World robbers get jail time, one acquitted

Island Water World in Cole Bay (File photo) 

PHILIPSBURG–Diandro Martina, Thuram Prince, Alex Louis received prison time for their involvement in the robbery at Island Water World in Cole Bay on May 16. They were sentenced by the Court of First Instance on Wednesday morning. Delongio Webster was acquitted for his alleged part in the robbery.

  Diandro Martina received 40 months in prison of which 10 months suspended. The court considered it proven that the 21-year-old was one of the three robbers who stormed into Island Water World and threatened workers and took US $2500 and two cell phones from the store.

  Martina also left documents from employment agency Labor Experts in a bag found with the name of a worker Martina met days before the robbery. Martina claimed that the bag was stolen months before the robbery. The robbers acted like professionals during the robbery, ordered the employees and clients at gunpoint to lie on the ground and keep quiet, and fled in a white Toyota Yaris with cash and two cell phones.

  Thuram Prince received 38 months of which 10 months suspended. He was only 17 years old when the armed robbery was committed but was sentenced by the court as adult in light of the seriousness of the crime. The prosecution had originally requested four years in jail for both Martina and Prince.

  Alex Louis was found guilty of complicity to armed robbery and got a 30-month sentence of which six months suspended. The prosecutor had asked for a two and a half year sentence against the 20-year-old.

  Delongio Webster was acquitted of all charges against him. The prosecutor had asked for 4 years jail in his case.

  The guilty parties have two weeks to appeal the judge’s decision if they want to appeal.  

Source: The Daily Herald