21-year-old steals over $17,000 worth in items

COURT TODAY BLOCKHe 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.

8 Responses to 21-year-old steals over $17,000 worth in items

  1. Ormond Mayers January 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I am in sympathy ith this guy. Sometimes the conduct of person can get the better of us. However, there is a good example in the Bible, that can help us, in reaching out to the less fortunate.
    The female brought to Jesus ,caught in adultery. The crowd called for her to be stone to death, however, the response of Jesus , ” he that is without sin, cast the first stone”.

    The implication of Jesus response is a call to self-examination. If God use to look at the faults of human beings, the Bible declared, not one of us could stand before him.

    Hence, let us stop being judgmental , and reach out to help persons like Anderson Jackman. Incarceration does not eradicate the issue of criminal behaviour.

  2. Hariet Morris
    Hariet Morris January 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Wow!!…at 21 🙁 its a sad thing …when he has no drive to learn or better himself in life …just the fast way out to get money, something needs to be done in our Barbados

  3. bajanjan January 15, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Incarceration does not eradicate the issue of criminal behavior, but it helps those of us who choose to work for what we want sleep a little easier at night. If you have ever had your home broken into you would understand my sentiments.

  4. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley January 15, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Obviously the only way to stop his thieving is to keep him locked up

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Keep he behind Bars.

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm
  7. Shadia Forde
    Shadia Forde January 15, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    21 something wrong wid these youth of today smh

  8. Rickie Brown
    Rickie Brown January 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    just sad! work feels good as you accomplish yourself what you put into the work!! seems work programs that the people you rob from you should work for them and help them and maybe you might learn something!!


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