Accused to repay cost of stolen items
When Johnson reappeared in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court today, it was to inform acting Magistrate Elwood Watts that he and Kemar Barton had reached a decision through Barton’s attorney Oliver Thomas.
A few weeks ago, Barton broke into Johnson’s home and stole items worth $4,201.70, including $3,000 cash, a Samsung S3 cellular phone valued at $800, a Guyanese passport and a pair of jeans.
The 22-year-old of no fixed place of abode pleaded guilty before the District ‘A’ Traffic Court.
Johnson was saving toward a trip overseas and on the night of the incident, he awoke to see a shadow in his bedroom. Barton made off with the items and later handed over only the cellular phone and US$140 to police. The passport was not recovered.
Acting Magistrate Watts said once the complainant is satisfied with the arrangement, the court would not override it but his concern was that Johnson would decide what he would accept in lieu of the passport and more so, the fact that Barton has no fixed place of abode.
Beginning August 21, Barton must pay $100 every Friday until the $2,500 compensation is repaid, plus a further final payment of $135 for the jeans.
“I prefer it to be paid through the court,” Johnson requested. “I’m not collecting cash from anyone Sir.”
Barton is also expected to be sentenced on that date for the offence.