Old burglary charge comes back to haunt young mother
A teenage girl said she burglarised a house three years ago as part of an initiation into a group.
However, it was only today that the now 19-year-old female was brought before the court to answer the charge.
The Bairds Road, Lower Carlton, St James resident pleaded guilty to entering the house illegally and stealing two kindle tablets, a haversack, two cellphones, a pair of shoes, one bag and two purses all worth $950 on March 5, 2015.
Prosecutor Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds said the complainant was asleep when she heard a noise. She awoke and saw lights on which she had previously turned off. It was on further inspection that she saw a person in black in the house. The police were called and a fingerprint led to the teenager.
After the prosecution said that the property was never recovered, the teenager revealed that she had sold everything.
"What caused you to do something so bold and brave...especially as a female?" Magistrate Douglas Frederick asked.
"To please my old friends," she replied, adding that at the time she was apart of a group she wanted to impress with "certain things".
"This was a dangerous thing...you could have been killed," the magistrate continued.
He questioned the age of the charge and the length of time to bring the teenager before the court. The prosecution, however, addressed this query in private with the magistrate.
The now 19-year-old said she was now a mother and was set to join the youth service. She also said she no longer associated with the group, who landed her in trouble.
Magistrate Frederick said if the teen had appeared before him in 2015 he would have remanded her but would presume that she had somewhat matured.
He ordered a pre-sentencing report and adjourned the matter until September 21. Three thousand dollars bail was granted.
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