Twenty-four-year-old Akeem Ishmael was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by Magistrate Faith McGusty after he pleaded guilty to an attempted robbery charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.The charge stated that on December 23, 2019, while being armed with a knife, he attempted to rob Jose Tamblante.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh told the court that Tamblante was doing his Christmas shopping and as he made his way to the minibus park, he felt a hand in his back pocket. The VC, however, held onto the suspect’s hand and a scuffle ensued.It was then that the suspect whipped out a knife from his pocket but was wrestled to the ground by the Virtual Complainant, who managed to take the knife away. A police mobile unit was summoned and the man was arrested.In a plea of mitigation before sentencing, the man claimed that his financial circumstances led to him attempting to steal the VC’s wallet and begged the court for leniency.However, Prosecutor Singh informed the court that Ishmael was previously charged for a similar offence and had to compensate the victim. The Magistrate wished the suspect a “Happy New Year” and sent him off to jail.
Go back to the e-newsletterOh to be in Paris in springtime… and all I want is to see the Eiffel Tower. A charming Cambodian drove the Peninsula-green BMW up to the main door of The Peninsula Paris; a page girl in pristine white was among the smiling meeters-and-greeters. A short while later I was in the hotel’s seventh-floor rooftop restaurant, looking out at a life-size white plane hanging in infinity. This is a replica of the unique L’Oiseau Blanc, the bi-plane in which WWI aces François Coli and Charles Nungesser disappeared while attempting – on 9 May 1927 – to fly the Atlantic before Lindbergh. The copy was made for The Peninsula’s aviation-loving Chairman The Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie by the English firm Gateguards.I started my L’Oiseau Blanc dinner with an onsen egg. Cooked at 63 degrees for 45 minutes, and covered with smoked eel, celery and apple it was totally delicious, especially with a glass of La Vieilles Vignes Meursault 2015 Vincent Girardin. We looked out at the Eiffel Tower, and, true to form, at every new hour it twinkles from top to bottom and back again. No wonder this 40-seat restaurant, where chef Christophe Roux holds court, is packed every lunch and dinner.I always feel at home in a Peninsula hotel. Everything works. Interior signage means it is impossible to get lost and in the room’s electronic signs are in one’s natural language. End suite 310 looked down at the glass-topped terrace embraced by the C-shaped main building: I looked along Rue Kléber to the Arc de Triomphe. The suite was extremely comfortable, with masses of space. I had remarked on arrival that the handle of my beloved Porsche Design Rimowa wheelie ‘est malade‘. No problem, said GM Katja Henke, let us take it to the Rimowa hospital. So I emptied everything out, a bellman collected it, and a concierge returned the rejuvenated item two hours later – well done not only Rimowa but also Peninsula.This is a hotel for style-lovers, those who appreciate Henry Leung’s plush interiors and the gorgeous pool. History buffs understand the appeal of staying where George Gershwin wrote An American In Paris – in 1928, on commission from the New York Philharmonic – and where, in 1973, Henry Kissinger, then the US National Security Advisor, signed the Paris Peace Accord.This is also a hotel for families. An exclusive agreement with Walt Disney means kids can have breakfast in the Walt Disney Store on nearby Champs-Élysées. Doubtless, their parents will buy a few souvenirs at that time (you can also stay in the hotel’s Disney-themed bedroom, which comes with suitable costumes, giant soft toys, confetti and more).What an blessing it was, for posterity and for the continuing appeal of Paris as a top tourism destination for the luxury traveller, that the great and good of the past built such magnificent private residences – each one, as it seems to us today, bigger and better than its neighbours. In 1896 Prince Roland Bonaparte built just such a grand palace on Avenue D’Iéna. He probably needed to show his status: grandson of Napoleon I’s brother, Lucien Bonaparte, he was married to the daughter of the founder of Monaco’s Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), François Blanc. This is the building that opened in 2010 as the luxury Shangri-La Hotel, Paris.Its public rooms are glorious and the main staircase must have seen many elegant and important people walking up and down in past years. Today, with updated architecture by Richard Martinet and interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, 60% of the 91 bedrooms have views of the Eiffel Tower, only a few 100 yards away. Hotel GM Guy Bertaud, the Parisien who, after years working abroad, is now back home, says you can lie on some beds and look straight out at the Paris ‘logo’.Sadly, there was only time for a quick lunch, which this hotel does splendidly in its more casual La Bauhinia, named after the orchid on the national flag of Hong Kong, headquarters of the Shangri-La group. The menu is by Christophe Moret, who also oversees the more-elaborate L’Abeille, which has two Michelin stars – here, his lunch menu includes such dishes as green asparagus from Haute Provence, with three balls of Maltaise condiment, which I find out later is hollandaise with blood orange juice, and it is divine. I go on to a really healthy dish of seabass, enormous fish on a big plate of spinach, with tiny cubes of tomato flesh and slivers of mushroom, and feel fit to face the afternoon. Oh, the glory of Paris in the springtime!Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comGo back to the e-newsletter