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Polin gets another year behind bars

COURT TODAY BLOCKJust two days ago, Shane Daniel Jeremiah Polin was sentenced to six years in jail after he confessed to snatching several ladies’ handbags from their cars.

Polin, of Bartletts Tenantry, Sergeants Village, Christ Church, was sent up by Magistrate Douglas Frederick, presiding in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court on Monday, after he confessed to 18 offences.

Yesterday, the 30-year-old man got an additional year behind bars from Magistrate Christopher Birch who sentenced the serial handbag thief on five more counts.

Apart from the locations, Sergeant Azel Skeete’s case was much the same as those which were outlined in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court on Monday.

Sticking to Polin’s modus operandi, the victims were caught in slow-moving traffic in the areas of Vauxhall and Sheraton, Christ Church. Four of the women, Nesha Raja, Richelle Brewster, Lavonne Parris and Maureen Bushelle, had their handbags in the front passenger seat when they were snatched by Polin.

The circumstances were different in the case of Diana Jerson. She had parked her car, took items out and went inside a building. She returned to see Polin in the car taking her handbag.

The bags were all stolen between September 6 and December 23 last year.

Magistrate Birch handed Polin the consecutive year in relation to Bushelle, while the year given for Parris and Jerson will run concurrently to the sentence he is already serving. He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged for his crimes against Brewster and Raja.

The thief apologised to the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court yesterday, explaining that he was on drugs and expressed a desire to get himself “together”.

Magistrate Birch ordered counselling and drug rehabilitation for Polin while he is serving his time at HMP Dodds. He was ordered to learn a skill.

Attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at continued his representation of Polin yesterday, when he mitigated on his behalf.

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