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Suspended sentence for burglary

courtAlmost a year and a half after stealing from a family friend, Corey Omar Holder was today given a two-year sentence. But as long as he does not break any laws in the next two years, he will not spend a day in jail for the offence.

Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius handed down the two-year suspended sentence in the No. 5 Supreme Court yesterday.

Holder, 32, of Jordan’s Land, St George admitted in April last year to stealing two rings worth $10 500 belonging to Savitree Singh between March 27 and 28, 2015.

“I took them; it’s true. I was broke and I sell them, but I sorry now . . . I sell them for $160 to a fella in town,” Holder reportedly told the police officers when he was arrested and charged for the offence. The items were later recovered.

Handing down the sentence, Justice Cornelius said Holder’s pre-sentencing report had been favourable and that the “court accepts that this was a spur of the moment action, [but] no less illegal”.

“However, many people are faced with temptation in just as dire circumstances as you at the time, without crossing over from the lawful to the unlawful,” the judge said.

She noted that Holder and his family knew the virtual complainant and his actions had “obviously brought a huge amount of shame” to his family.

But Justice Cornelius added that the mitigating circumstances in the case outweighed the aggravating conditions and, as such, the offence alone was not suitable for a custodial sentence to be imposed.

At the same time, she told Holder he would not get off “scot-free”.

“The court imposes a sentence of two years, suspended for two years. From that two years, 56 days that you spent on remand would be taken into consideration.

“However, if during the two years you commit another offence, then you will serve a period of two years, less the 56 days already spent on remand. So it behooves you to keep on the straight and narrow. I hope you will take the opportunity such as it is to stay on the right side of the law,” Justice Cornelius told Holder.

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