Handyman admits to break and entry, sentenced to a year in prison

Seon Burke

A 35-year-old handyman was yesterday sentenced to a year in prison after he changed his plea to guilty on a break and entry and larceny charge.

The charge against Seon Burke alleged that he, between April 30th and May 1st, at North Road, broke and entered the store of Nigel Pile and stole 24 chairs valued $600,000, one mattress valued $85,000 and an air conditioner converter valued $185,000; for a total value of $870,000.

Burke was read the charge in May of this year, when he pleaded not guilty and was placed on remand.

However, when the matter was called yesterday before Magistrate Annette Singh, the accused asked that his plea be changed to guilty.

Facts in relation to the matter stated that on April 30th, the complainant secured his business place with the chairs and other items mentioned in the charge. On May 1st, at about 18:00hrs, Pile went to his business place and observed that it was broken into and the said items were missing. An investigation was launched and with the assistance of the accused, nine of the chairs were recovered.

Magistrate Singh sentenced Burke to a year in prison and stated that the time he spent on remand will be deducted from his sentence.

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