Man steals plant pot from Gittens’ home

COURT TODAY BLOCKA 64-year-old man of no fixed place of abode Wednesday admitted to stealing a plant pot from Everton Gittens’ home sometime between July 22 and 23.

Stephen Earl Brathwaite pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.

According to the prosecutor, the homeowner had left the plant pot in his garden on July 22 but noticed the following day that it was missing.

Investigations led to Brathwaite, who confessed to police that he had taken it.

However, the plant pot was not recovered because Brathwaite told police it was stolen from him.

When he was asked to speak on his own behalf, the senior told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, “I was stupid for doing it and if I could work it off or  . . . you know…”

After considering Brathwaite’s age and the fact that he had pleaded guilty early, the magistrate placed him on a 12-month bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

Should he breach the bond, he will be required to forfeit $1,500 immediately, or spend nine months in jail.

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