Man pleads guilty to aggravated robbery, says brother is innocent

One of two brothers jointly charged with aggravated robbery has pleaded guilty to the charge but denies his brother was involved in the alleged crime. 

Davis Burgess and Richard Burgess who are returnees are facing two charges of aggravated robbery and theft. 

The charges stem from an alleged robbery of a B.M.W. vehicle in September last year together with other properties at the value of $7,000 at Matafele. 

Businessman David Main’s is the complainant in the matter who was allegedly beaten by the men opposite Mc. Donald’s restaurant and later took off with the B.M.W. that is worth $70,000. 

However, when the brothers appeared for hearing on Thursday, Davis said his brother is innocent. 

“He didn’t have anything to do with it,” he told the Court. 

The older brother apologised for his actions and blamed alcohol after pleading guilty to one charge of aggravated robbery.

He entered a not guilty plea to one count of them together with his younger brother Richard who denied all the charges. 

 Defence lawyer, Theresa Momoisea had withdrawn as counsel for Davis and acting only for Richard. 

Richard is alleged to have an alibi on the day of the offending. 

Prosecutor and Attorney General's office lawyer Fuifui Ioane then sought to have the matter referred back to mention. 

She said prosecution will consider its position against the first defendant which is Richard.

Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren granted the request adjourning the matter to be referred to mention on Monday next week. 

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