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Fijian B.C’s Saddest Robber Faces Deportation

KAMLOOPS, B.C. A Fijian living in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, who broke down in tears while robbing a Kamloops store earlier this year may be deported. Feroz Kamahl Buksh pleaded
24 Dec 2014 13:39
Fijian B.C’s Saddest  Robber Faces  Deportation

KAMLOOPS, B.C. A Fijian living in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, who broke down in tears while robbing a Kamloops store earlier this year may be deported.

Feroz Kamahl Buksh pleaded guilty in Kamloops provincial court to one count each of robbery and use of an imitation firearm stemming from an incident in September.

The court heard Buksh, 44, walked into the Tranquille Market store just before 2pm on September 19 and asked the clerk for some hot food and 10 packs of cigarettes.

He tried to pay for the items with a pre-paid Visa card, but the transaction was not approved.

“He then opened up his shirt and said, ‘Give me the money in the till — I have a gun and I’m not afraid to use it,’” said Crown prosecutor Chris Balison.

“Then he began to cry. He said he was going to use the money to pay for his bills and that he was in the process of a divorce.”

Balison said Buksh took the money and put the cigarettes and food into a bag.

“He ran out of the store and his bag actually broke,” Balison said.

“So, he was running out of the store with things falling from his bag, including the cigarettes.”

Buksh, who had no prior criminal record, was found by police a short time later, hiding behind boxes in a closet inside a home in which he’d been staying.

The Crown wants Buksh, a Fiji native whose family emigrated to Canada when he was 12, jailed for 18 months.

However, Kamloops provincial court Judge Stephen Harrison asked lawyers to look into the impact such a sentence could have on Buksh’s status as a permanent Canadian resident.

“Sometimes, matters in criminal court can have a tremendous effect on someone who is merely a permanent resident,” Mr Harrison said.

Buksh, who is in custody, will be back in court on January 8 to fix a date for sentencing.

 

 




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