21-year-old steals over $17,000 worth in items
He is only 21-years-old but his criminal record is such that it caused even his attorney to admit it is “quite comparable to senior persons”.
That expression came from attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at yesterday, during his mitigation for Anderson Keith-Patrick Jackman who had just confessed to ten offences of breaking into homes and business places, and stealing.
After Jackman appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court before Magistrate Douglas Frederick, he was sentenced to six nine-month and four three-month prison terms. In total though, he will be spending 39 months behind bars at HMP Dodds while 27 more will be served concurrently.
Jackman, who lives at Stratford Hill, Pinelands, St Michael was responsible for stealing more than $17,000 worth of items. Among them was a motorcycle belonging to Mickael Sealy, robbing Denisha Gittens of her handbag and contents and breaking into and stealing items from Kathy’s Trinity Shopping, Peggy’s Place and The Barber’s Den. From those places, he took televisions, computers, tablets, bags of rice, flour and sugar, sanitary napkins, fabric softener, liquor and several other items.
The haul from the homes of Melissa Holder, Adrian Holford, Reginald Taylor and Anthony Young netted sheets of plywood, cellular phones, cash and a television.
Jackman’s final charge was that he broke into Keisha Brathwaite’s home with the intent to commit theft.
All of the offences were committed between December 2013 and April the following year.
During his address to the court on behalf of his client, Ma’at said that “after hearing the litany outlined by the prosecutor” and since viewing Jackman’s “dossier”, he could “undeniably” be compared with older persons engaging in similar behaviour.
He went on to say that Jackman had youth in his favour and still had “time to turn his life around”. Ma’at informed the court that he knew when Jackman committed his first offence as a teen and he believed that the 18 months he spent on remand, had “turned him around”.
“I have seen his development,” the lawyer said.
“Development is right”, Magistrate Frederick retorted, “because he started small and is doing all house-breaking now.”
Continuing his submissions, Ma’at reminded the court that Jackman had pleaded guilty and had thereby saved the court time and expense. He also apologised on his client’s behalf to all the complainants “whose castles he would have violated”.
He further explained that Jackman had been under the influence of drugs when the offences were committed but had weaned himself off drugs while on remand.
Magistrate Frederick agreed that Jackman’s guilty plea and time on remand were mitigating factors and would be taken into consideration. However, “he is going to jail. It is just a question of how long,” he said.
Frederick remarked that Jackman had already been given a one-year sentence for breaking and entering and deserved a lengthier incarceration this time around when he confessed to ten crimes.