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Hard lesson

Thief gets two years for stealing two tablets

COURT TODAY BLOCKThe man who broke into the home of the late Selwyn Knight and his family over the weekend, admitted in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today that he did so and stole two tablet computers worth $400 belonging to Marleen Knight.

Jamal Amal Skeete, of Bedford Lane, Greenfield, St Michael, pleaded guilty to the offence before Magistrate Douglas Frederick late this afternoon.


Jamal Amal Skeete

Knight, a 57-year-old former Barbados Port Authority employee, was fatally shot while chasing that burglar. His son, who was with him at the time, received two gunshot wounds.

When Magistrate Frederick asked Skeete what he had to say before sentencing, the convicted man said: “Something occurred that should not have occurred.”

“I really don’t know what to say about this matter because a whole man’s life has been lost due to my nonsense,” Skeete added.

He further told the magistrate that unless he wanted to give him “one last opportunity” so that he could undergo rehabilitation, “it is up to you Sir.”

Making reference to Skeete’s priors, Magistrate Frederick mentioned the number of times the 27-year-old had been incarcerated so far.

“The last time you got three months for stealing a tablet. You are here now for stealing two tablets.”

“When I sent you up for three months, you should have reformed,” Frederick told him. “This is what I was trying to tell you ever since. If you don’t stop,  you are going to kill somebody or somebody is going to kill you.”

In determining the two-year sentence which Skeete was given, the magistrate said he had taken into consideration the fact that he had pleaded guilty right away and “it seems as though you have recognised that your folly has become more serious now.”

According to the facts which Sergeant Robert Jones presented to the court, on March 15 the family secured their home and left. Sylvan Knight returned home unexpectedly and saw Skeete coming from inside his Queen Mary Road, Bank Hall, St Michael home.

He asked the young man what he wanted and Skeete said he wanted a newspaper. Knight’s wife Marleen is a newspaper vendor.

Knight therefore went inside to get the item for Skeete, who ran away from the area. Both Knight and his son who was at home, gave chase.

Skeete was held at Dash Gap, Bank Hall by the Knights, and the tablets were found in his jacket pocket.

Police were called and they came to the scene. Skeete admitted to them that he stole the property and later pointed out the Knight residence to police.

His matter was the last one for the day and after he was sentenced and returned to his bench in the courtroom, Skeete sat with his head in his lap for some time.

Source: (Sandra Downes)

14 Responses to Hard lesson

  1. Mario Crick
    Mario Crick March 17, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    He look retarded doe

  2. Ryvan Bigman
    Ryvan Bigman March 17, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Ok. Now what happen to the police who killed the father/husband??? Did they catch him yet?

  3. Patrina Bovell
    Patrina Bovell March 17, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Like a madman to me! Just saying

  4. Nikki Vs Nicksie
    Nikki Vs Nicksie March 17, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Mario Crick you take the words rite out my mouth…

  5. Shane Boyce
    Shane Boyce March 17, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    So wait the police man ain’t to be blamed too? He is the one who shoot to kill

  6. Glenda Martin
    Glenda Martin March 18, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Somebody needs to wipe the smirk of this fools face.

  7. Glenda Martin
    Glenda Martin March 18, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Somebody needs to wipe the smirk off his face.

  8. Maureen Annius
    Maureen Annius March 18, 2015 at 12:53 am

    All he got is two years to come out again and steal 3 4 and 5 tablets he should HV gotten more time he does not look straight about 7 years would make him salute damn crook

  9. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls March 18, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Actions have consequences. Guess he finally understands that now.

  10. Sheryl Maxine Greaves-Smi
    Sheryl Maxine Greaves-Smi March 18, 2015 at 3:27 am

    Why would you have to leave Greenfield and go to Bank Hall for a paper? Roebuck St wouldn’t be nearer. After what this whole stupid thing caused…The only stealing would be the Lord and his word and that comes easy.

  11. sherryann March 18, 2015 at 7:42 am

    jamal is not from the greenfield sheryl he has no fix palace of board k

  12. elainaluv March 18, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Really though? This guy is a career criminal, he caused another man’s life so he is culpable for far more than just stealing two tablets and only got 2 years? Stuepzzzzz!!!! Something is seriously wrong with he justice system in Bim.

  13. junior king March 18, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I will never move back to BIM, that ain’t the place where I grew up.
    I want to live by the three city rule, which is, never live less than three cities from a crappy neighborhood.

  14. Aldo March 19, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Despite what he did is wrong at least it seems he have some remorse about the hold thing, my problem is how some one supposed to be a professional and train when and how to use a gun end up using his gun so recklessly.


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