The claim that he had a “change of heart” was not enough to save a would-be thief from jail after he admitted to stealing an $800,000 camera from the Guyana Learning Channel’s Kingston headquarters.
Ronald Williams, a 35-year-old father of six, was sentenced to spend the next 18 months in prison yesterday when he ap-peared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
He explained that he had a “change of heart” after breaking into the facility on Wednesday and stealing the expensive piece of equipment. Prosecutor Deniro Jones stated that Williams was seen in the studio by the CEO and was held and searched. The camera was discovered in his possession.
According to Williams, a claimed customs broker, the theft had been completely unintentional and he had attempted to return the item immediately after realising his the error of his ways.
The man begged Magistrate Ann McLennan for leniency.
However, Jones informed the court that Williams had previously been imprisoned for stealing from the Ministry of Human Services and had served a six-month term.
Williams was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment at the Camp Street prison.