Theft-accused granted suspended sentence
It was a lawyer's mitigation plea that turned the court's attention away from his client's troubles and instead shed light on his accomplishments.
Attorney-at-law Jamar Bourne said his client, Stefan Rashad Gibson, not only successfully completed drug rehabilitation but converted to Islam and was actively seeking employment.
Gibson, 24, of Military Road, Bush Hall, St Michael was appearing yesterday in the District 'A' Magistrates' Court where he pleaded guilty to entering Arthur Birkett's house as a trespasser between October 23 and November 19, 2018, and stealing three plywood sheets valued at $195.
The prosecution, in outlining the facts said police had received a report that led them to the area of Dash Gap, St Michael. On arrival, they saw a man travelling along the road with three plywood sheets in a trolley. When officers questioned Gibson, he said: "The man house I got the wood from I know."
Gibson then pointed out the house to police. He was arrested in respect of other matters and the three sheets were kept in police custody.
However, it was on November 21, 2018, that the complainant made a report for the stolen sheets and identified the items at the police station.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant took into account Bourne's mitigation and placed him on a two-month sentence suspended for two months.