Thief ordered to compensate victims
An unemployed young man from 2nd Avenue St Matthias, Christ Church admitted to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today that he stole $3 800 worth of items earlier this year.
When 20-year-old Winslow Bonnett appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, he pleaded guilty to the charge that between May 23 and 25, he entered the home of Maureen MacKenzie and stole a chain valued at $800 and a pendant worth $2 500 belonging to her, as well as a Kindle tablet valued at $500, property of Douglas MacKenzie.
In urging the court to be lenient and not send his client to prison for the crime, Bonnett’s attorney Neil Marshall noted that the accused had pleaded guilty immediately and did not waste the court’s time, and had also expressed remorse.
He also pointed out that Bonnett had recently secured a job on a cruise ship and was in the process of getting his documents, including a visa and medicals, and any further convictions would jeopardize all of that.
Marshall said Bonnett was willing to compensate the complainant and insisted that his client was not beyond reform.
After hearing the defence lawyer’s submissions, Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant ordered Bonnett to compensate the complainant to the tune $3 300 in four months, or he will spend six months in jail. He also had to pay court costs of $150 forthwith to avoid going to prison for a week.
Bonnett was released on bail and ordered to return to court on March 24, 2017.