Monday 16 September, 2019

Church thief to be sentenced next month

A 42-year-old Christ Church man, who admitted stealing from a church and escaping police custody, will be sentenced next month.

Euston Oneal Harmon, 42, of Sion Hill, Christ Church entered the guilty pleas back in March 2018.

He admitted that on May 14, 2014, he entered The Church of the Living God, a place of divine worship, at St. Patricks, Christ Church and stole one weed wacker, gas bottle and regulator all worth $1097. 96. The items belonged to Julianne Rogers.

After it was discovered that the basement door was broken and items were missing, investigations led to Harmon. The weed wacker was found at a pawn shop.

When Harmon was brought into custody on August 14, 2014 for the sacrilege charge, he escaped police custody at the District B Police Station, without the use of force.

Harmon apologised for his actions. "It will never happen again," he said.

Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas, during his submissions, looked at the aggravating and mitigating factors of the case.

In terms of the aggravating factors, Thomas said Harmon committed the offences to support a drug habit, had previous convictions for dishonesty and that the offence was committed while he had been on bail.

The mitigating factors related to Harmon's  guilty plea and reports that his behavior was improving.

The representative of the Crown, however, said that a custodial sentence was warranted and suggested a starting point of eight years; with relevant deductions. Harmon has been on remand for 977 days in respect of these matters. However, he is currently spending 4 years for serious indecency- this sentence expires in March 2021.

The matter, which was heard before Justice Pamela Beckles in the No.5 Supreme Court, was adjourned until April 5. 

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