Vendor ‘sorry’ for stealing from friend

COURT TODAY BLOCKThe court will determine Richard Orlando Greaves’ sentence after a pre-sentencing report is done on him.

Greaves, of 1st Avenue Welchman Hall, St Thomas, admitted to Magistrate Douglas Frederick on Thursday that he entered a friend’s house and stole $850 on Wednesday.

Sergeant Martin Rock outlined to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court how Greaves used to frequent Anthony Hazell’s home because the two were friends for over 15 years. That being the case, Greaves knew where Hazell would leave a key so that relatives could gain entry to the house.

On August 19, the complainant left home and when he returned, he realised the money was missing. Hazell also noticed that there were no signs of forced entry. He therefore called the police and both he and Greaves went to the police station.

While there, Greaves was searched by police and several Barbados currency notes fell from his boxers. Greaves then confessed that the money belonged to Hazell. Greaves further told police he moved the key, unlocked the door, searched the complainant’s bedroom and took the cash. He later replaced the key.

Police recovered $713.10 of the money from him.

Greaves told Magistrate Frederick that he was wrong and was sorry.

“But why would you do that to your friend?” the magistrate asked.

“I don’t know, Sir. It offset me and I know it offset he and I really sorry for what I do.”

Greaves went on to say that he worked selling coconuts before but ‘things were slow’ now. ‘Sir that was a foolish thing I did. Somebody that would give me anything,” he added.

When the question of bail arose, a relative who attended court was unemployed and therefore unsuitable to stand as a surety.

When Magistrate Frederick enquired about the mother, the girl said Greaves’ mother “say she ain’t coming.”

“You have a serious mother; I like her,” the magistrate told Greaves.

He then advised the proposed surety to contact Greaves’ mother because failing that, he would have to be remanded. The mother eventually came and stood as surety.

A presentencing report was ordered on Greaves, who returns to court on November 17. He was granted $2, 500 bail.

3 Responses to Vendor ‘sorry’ for stealing from friend

  1. Rosemary Wall
    Rosemary Wall August 22, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Truth that yuh ‘friends’ who know alllll about yuh will be the one to do you wrong cause your enemy don’t know where you keep your *key*Man who would give you anything AND this you do SIGH #ThisIsSad

  2. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley August 22, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Who would want a friend like this ?

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 22, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Offset accompanied his friend to the police station with the cash stashed in his boxers and did not expect to be searched. (Well done RBF) Offset made an additional clause to ‘criminals always return to the scene of the crime’ accompany the victim, ensure evidence is on your person, when searched, admit you committed the crime. Greaves knew he was struggling financially, he could of seek help from his mum, possibility she said no. Now she got to give away the same cash to the courts. He could of also ask the same friend that was good to him. Never bite the hand that feed you. Theft is not his trade and he needs to stick to his day job i.e Coconut Vendor.


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