I confess


He has been on remand at HMP Dodds since December last year, and today Henderson Ricardo Austin was sentenced by a Bridgetown magistrate to more time at the St Philip prison.

The 24-year-old of Clapham Heights, St Michael recently pleaded guilty to burglary in the District ‘A’ Criminal Court, before Magistrate Douglas Frederick.

When he appeared before the magistrate today, he was sentenced to a year in prison for his crime.

Austin admitted that he entered the home of Adrian Husbands sometime between November 6 and 13, 2016, and stole two bottles of fabric softener; 12 packs of soap; six bottles of moisturizing lotion; two bottles of Lysol spray; a mop; five packs of tea bags; four packs of sugar; six bottles of seasoning; two bottles of shampoo; two bottles of conditioner; 20 boxes of toothpaste; eight packs of deodorant; two shower curtains; six towels; two packs of curtains; six packs of ketchup; a can of non-stick spray; a bottle of capsules; a box of panty shields; two tins of drinks and two air fresheners belonging to Gail Hinds, costing $1,540.

The facts read by police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock revealed that Hinds secured the residence on November 6, leaving the items in two barrels in the laundry room. However, it was not until she made a check seven days later that she realized the property was gone and that some panes were missing from the louvre windows.

The burglary was not reported to the police. However, Austin, who was in police custody, admitted to committing the offence, gave a written statement and identified the residence from which the items – which were never recovered – were taken.

Austin also confessed that he entered Husbands’ house twice and told police he sold the property on Villa Road, The Ivy, to persons walking along the road. He also disclosed that he had used the money to buy drugs and food.

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