School burglar jailed
After being remanded for several weeks, charged with break and enter, Milton Smith was yesterday jailed for nine months. When he was brought by lawmen for the first hearing he pleaded guilty, and a probation report was ordered by acting Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry.
He left the courtroom on that occasion saying, “I was hungry so I go in de school and eat some biscuits and wen I coming out I grab de other tings.”
At the ruling yesterday, his probation report was read in open court. Minutes after this was done, the Magistrate informed the accused that she had taken into consideration that from the initial stage of the investigation, he had shown no indication of wasting the court’s time. She also informed him that the court had taken into account when sentencing him that he also damaged a beam of the school he broke into.
On February 27, last, at Cornelius Primary School, the police alleged that the accused broke into the institution and made good his escape with a quantity of stationery and biscuits, all property of the Ministry of Education.
The teachers of the school arrived the next day only to find the premises had been broken into and several items were missing. The matter was reported to the police and the accused was arrested based on investigations.
After the allegation was put to Smith, he admitted.
In the same court, Ravi Persaud was yesterday granted bail for the offence of simple larceny. The gold miner, who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty.
Corporal Venetta Pindar who prosecuted in the matter told the court that on March 9, at First Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, the accused made off with a car battery valued $23,000 – property of Robert Cossburg. With that, Persaud who was standing in the prisoner’s dock exclaimed “De same boy who seh dat I thief he battery assault me, look how meh eye deh”.
The prosecutor made no objection to bail. Hence Magistrate Beharry allowed the accused his pre-trial liberty in the sum of $25,000. Persaud then explained to the court that he wanted a reduction on his bail, “My worship bruck it down fuh meh lil bit nah”.
His request was denied and he was escorted out of the courtroom. The matter will be called again on March 18.
And Charles Ferguson was also counting his lucky stars after being granted bail. It is alleged that on January 5, at Dandrade Street, Newtown, Georgetown, the accused made good his escape with a touch screen cellular phone worth $75,000 and the phone casing valued $1500.
According to police reports, on the day of the incident the plaintiff, Shenella Small, visited a shop to make several purchases. On leaving the shop, she forgot the device on the shop’s counter. It was after realizing that she was not in possession of her phone she returned to the shop only to learn that Ferguson, who was the only customer at the shop
after she left, might have picked up her phone. The accused was later arrested and charged.
Attorney at Law Adrian Thompson, who entered an appearance for the accused, said that his client is gainfully employed at the Ministry of Public Works and Communication. Ferguson’s address was given to the court as lot 109 Dandrade Street, Newtown.
Magistrate Beharry after listening to the facts of the case allowed bail in the sum of $75,000. Ferguson will make his next court appearance on April 11.