Two years for unremorseful duo

first_imgA man who attacked an Oxford student was jailed for two years after being convicted of assault and attempted robbery at Oxford Crown Court last Friday.Jacob Chambers, along with 18-year-old friend Aaron Williams, approached the American undergraduate in Pembroke Street at 9:20pm on 12 July and asked him for a cigarette. When he refused, the student was pushed into a nearby doorway and searched.  On finding nothing, Chambers punched him in the face.Chambers, who is from Cowley, was sentenced to two years in prison for the assault and with a string of other offences, including two attempted robberies and intimidating a witness. Aaron Williams, from Preachers Lane, was given a twelve month supervision order and will do 50 hours unpaid work for attempted robbery. Both men were 18 at the time of the offence.PC Alex Gill of the Oxford Robbery Team said, “Both these men have been causing trouble in Oxford for a while and we are glad to see them getting a sentence that we hope will make them think twice about the impact their crimes have on their victims.”The judge justified the sentence on the grounds of emotional distress caused to Chambers and Williams’ victims, and their lack of remorse for their crimes. Chambers is reported to have grinned at friends present in court, one of whom was removed from the proceedings for laughing when Chambers was asked to imagine how he would have felt had someone done the same thing to him. Although neither man is thought to have been armed at the time, the judge emphasised that Chambers was aware that the people he was with during the attempted burglaries were carrying knives. Louise Randall, OUSU Vice-President for Welfare, said, “We really encourage students not to take risks with their personal safety when out and about at night. There are actually more attacks on men in the city than women, so this really isn’t just a women’s issue. We recommend that students don’t walk alone late at night, and that where possible they use well lit routes. Attack alarms are a valuable deterrent, and are available for £1.60 from OUSU or your college welfare officer. Make use of the great services such as the Safety Bus and the Walk Safe scheme to make sure that you get home safely.”last_img read more

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Dominican Republic: 2013 opens with huge cocaine seizure

first_imgBy Dialogo January 11, 2013 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD), Navy and Air Force worked together to seize a huge shipment of South American cocaine, marking the first major bust of 2013. On Jan. 9, the three forces seized 1,870 kilograms (4,123 pounds) of cocaine in Ocoa Bay in Azua province, west of the nation’s capital of Santo Domingo, on the country’s Caribbean coast. Roberto Lebrón, the DNCD’s spokesman, said two men, Ramón Sanz Pimentel and Arhgenis Cordero Soto, were detained a day later. They were being questioned and the Attorney General’s office said it was preparing to charge them. Agents also recovered satellite phones, GPS and navigation equipment, fuel and ammunition magazines for AK-47 and M-16 assault rifles. The suspected traffickers were transporting the cocaine, likely from Colombia or Venezuela, on a 40-foot speedboat equipped with three, 200-horsepower outboard motors. Pursuit of the boat began around 11 a.m. on Jan. 9 in the open waters south of Ocoa Bay. Agencies were notified of a suspicious boat approaching the island and responded with a DNCD helicopter, two Air Force Super Tucano aircraft and two Navy ships. Crews intercepted the boat in Ocoa Bay, forcing it to land at a nearby beach, Playa Mia. Four suspects aboard the boat escaped on foot. On Jan. 10, the DNCD announced it had apprehended Sanz Pimentel and Cordero Soto. Two suspects remain at large. Aboard the boat, agents discovered 76 sacks covered in plastic containing the cocaine. Officials said the suspected traffickers likely were also carrying weapons, which they may have thrown overboard during the pursuit. Authorities took custody of a second boat they believe was standing by to assist in transporting the shipment. The drugs were sent to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences for testing. From there, they were to be forwarded to the Attorney General’s office, which is expected to charge the suspects. “This was a combined effort, similar to what we’ve been doing for a while, and it’s the result of the work of a core unit that leads our fight against this criminal activity,” said Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, the head of the DNCD. Rosado led the operation from aboard the DNCD helicopter that pursued the boat. The Dominican agencies received air surveillance assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. The seizure marked the biggest anti-narcotics bust in months for Dominican authorities. The country seized a record amount of illegal drugs in 2012. Officials captured 11.2 metric tons (24,691.8 pounds) of illicit substances, including a Dec. 22 operation that seized 1,189.8 kilograms (2,623 pounds) of cocaine from the high seas south of the Caribbean Coast not far from where the Jan. 9 confiscation occurred. Despite the successful anti-narcotics operations, Dominican officials said they expect traffickers will continue using the country as a transshipment point, with most of the shipments entering by sea. [Infosurhoy.com (Dominican Republic), 11/01/2013]last_img read more

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