Skeete steals from retired pastor

Jamal Amal Skeete, of no fixed place abode, was today sentenced to almost two years in jail after pleading guilty to a number of theft and loitering charges in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

The 28-year-old was charged with entering Granville Griffith’s house sometime between November 19 and 20 as a trespasser and stealing an umbrella worth $20 and a folding chair worth $37. He admitted to that charge as well as stealing from Griffith for a second time on November 16. On that occasion, he made away with an $8.50 box of Andrews; a $9 pouch of toothpaste; a $21 bottle of Pepto Bismol and a $50 shaving set.

Police prosecutor Neville Reid told the court that Griffith is an 80-year-old retired reverend who saw Skeete walking on his property on November 16 with a bag on his shoulder.

After Skeete gave Griffith his name, the complainant left Skeete in the front of the house and went to his bedroom to get money. Skeete then asked to use the bathroom and was allowed to do so. Griffith later realized that the items were missing from this bathroom.

Skeete also told the court that he entered Plumb Rite Plumbing Systems as a trespasser between December 6 and 7 and stole a $20 shirt, two pairs of shoes worth $150, a $370 ham, seven packs of biscuits worth $3.50, two packs of minced beef worth $8, and $5 in cash.

Also, he told the court he was guilty of loitering on the premises of the establishment between December 7 and 8.

According to the facts, the owner of the establishment secured the premises on December 6. However, a door was left unlocked but closed.

The following day, the owner discovered that the building had been entered and conducted a search and discovered that the mentioned items were missing. He reported the matter to the police and investigations led to Skeete’s arrest. None of the items was recovered.

Skeete also confessed that on December 8, being a reputed thief, he loitered on Chapman Street, and there was cause to suspect he was about to commit theft.

Reid told the court that police received a report about 3:10 a.m. from a resident that his car alarm had been triggered and gave officers a description of the suspect.

A search was made of the area and Skeete was found on Bedford Land, St Michael around 4:05 a.m.

Asked whether he had anything to say, Skeete told the magistrate: “I want to go some place where I can get help.”

However, the magistrate informed him that he would first have to serve time in jail. He told Skeete he could apply to Verdun House when his sentence was completed.

“The nonsense you are doing at this time is not acceptable,” the magistrate said.

For entering Griffith’s house, the magistrate sentenced Skeete, whose right ankle was heavily bandaged, to nine months in prison and three months to run consecutively for stealing from Griffith.

He was also slapped with a one-month prison term, which will run concurrently, for loitering at Chapman Street and another month to run concurrently for loitering on the premises of Plumb Rite Plumbing Services.

For burglarizing the establishment, Skeete will slapped with a nine-month prison term with drug rehabilitation, to run consecutively .

“When you come out, if you still want, you can go to Verdun House,” Frederick told Skeete. “The rate you are going is very dangerous.”

12 Responses to Skeete steals from retired pastor

  1. Stacy Payne-Price
    Stacy Payne-Price December 13, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Deborah PayneLea Payne

  2. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan December 13, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Look boy!!! You better haul and pull..there are good, hardworking men in Barbados with that name, pull up your socks and stop nastying the name you have Jamal Skeete!!

  3. Kevin Weekes
    Kevin Weekes December 13, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Is this the same Jamal Skeete that was hit by Usman Bhana with his car after Skeete attempted to burglarise and then attack Bhana? Is this the guy from the Blues case that burglarised their house? If so why only 2 years? Habitual offenders need harsher punishments!

  4. Hamza Azul
    Hamza Azul December 13, 2016 at 7:55 am

    If Bhana did get ya wid dat Toyota wagon you wouldn’t be able to thief so much

  5. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams December 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

    How could u be homeless at such a tender age. Eons ago when I was that age I was working (not for much) but saving with d credit union. My goodness he ain’t go no family to talk to him

  6. Jennifer December 13, 2016 at 9:09 am

    A $370 ham????? Please! or was it a whole HOG. Not to worry, with any luck you will get some more in HMP Dodds.
    Don’t forget it causes diabetes and Hypertension too.

  7. Ossie Moore December 13, 2016 at 11:29 am

    This man has a productive cleaning out busyness. He leaves no stone untouched. He has the Midas touch! Lawd mek peace Granny! I thought termites did bad!

  8. Ossie Moore December 13, 2016 at 11:32 am

    But look dem dus come wid all kinda Indian Ocean name bout hey so. I don’t know whey dem mudda dus get dem name bosey!

  9. Priscilla Millar December 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Christmas coming up time to get off the street and get some Christmas goodies on a regular basis. Many criminals steal at this time to make sure they spend Christmas in jail.

  10. North Point December 15, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Never steal from the church, or the pastor, it seems like Jamal Skeete did not know that, he stole from the Indian man last week and only got knock down, now this week he is at the pastor stealing, Devine intervention caught up with him, and now he is at HMP, the next time he will be at “Two Sons”.

  11. Debera December 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    What you talking about Khan,I know of another Skeets with a (S) Christan name who does that foolishness so please stop it.


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