Convicted youth off to Mental

COURT TODAY BLOCKAfter pleading guilty to seven charges earlier this year, Jereon Revaldo Cumberbatch returned to court today for sentencing.

The teen reappeared before Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court, after being remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital on the last occasion.

Cumberbatch, 16, lives at Yearwood Road, Black Rock, St Michael. When he first appeared in court in March, he was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment.

A younger teen, who was jointly charged with Cumberbatch for six of the offences, was not required to plead. He was remanded to the Government Industrial School until March 11, to go before the Juvenile Court.

Cumberbatch confessed to a solo charge of entering Otis Bannister’s home and stealing a wallet, passport and two bottles of rum, along with other items.

He also admitted to the six other charges for which he had been jointly charged with the 14-year-old. Between January 2 and February 27 this year, he admitted to breaking into the homes of Richard Parris and Hilda Downie and stealing a cellular phone, a bangle, a Barbados Identification card and $65.

He further stole Regina Prause’s and Oleg Ivanov’s handbags and their contents, including a cellular phone, camera, purse and money from Sabrian Jardine and US$24 belonging to Jeffrey Martini.

Cumberbatch also loitered at Santorini Apartments, giving cause to suspect that he was there to commit burglary. The stolen items totalled just over $8 000 in value.

On his return to court today, Cumberbatch was told that he must now comply with a number of stipulations and that failure to do so means that he will be returning there for alternative sentencing.

Magistrate Bannister determined that the teenager must attend the Psychiatric Hospital for counselling for his drug use and any other psychiatric treatment necessary. He was also placed on a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and must enrol in some type of educational programme.

The magistrate ordered that he return to that court every three months for the next year and a half, accompanied by reports from the Probation Department and the Psychiatric Hospital.

The first review is due August 21.

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