Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry yesterday sentenced an 18-year-old DVD vendor to 18 months jail after he pleaded guilty to breaking and entering a dwelling house.
The Georgetown Magistrates’ Court heard that on October 14, Chris Persaud of 102 Robb Street, broke into the dwelling of Shelley McKenzie and stole one Blackberry cell phone valued $33,000 and $130,000 a total value of $163,000.
On the said day, McKenzie secured her home and departed around 7.45 am. Around 2.30 pm she received a call and returned home where she found that it had been ransacked and Persaud hiding under her bed. The woman raised an alarm and, with the help of public-spirited citizens, apprehended Persaud and took him to the East La Penitence Police Station.
The defendant told the court that he did not steal McKenzie’s belongings as a search conducted on his person found nothing. He then told the court that he had been released from prison in September after serving a 16-month sentence for possession of narcotics. Also, he said the virtual complainant had accused him of breaking into her house last month.
The magistrate subsequently imposed the jail sentence on Persaud.