Jailed for stealing visitor’s bag

It may not be the home Michael Anthony Brathwaite was hoping for, but that’s what HMP Dodds will be for the next ten months.

Brathwaite, who has no fixed place of abode, pleaded guilty to stealing a bag worth $253.40, a pair of slippers worth $76, and a memory stick worth $50.68 belonging to English visitor Ryan Powell on June 21.

Powell, who is in the island with his girlfriend, had just left a car park in The City when the theft occurred. The tourists were travelling in a hired car with a removable roof and the vehicle came to a stop at the junction of Suttle and Tudor Streets.

Powell saw a man who, was walking behind the vehicle, reach in and grab a bag which was on the back seat.

The visitor reached back and grabbed at the bag, but Brathwaite made off with it and its contents.

Powell drove off and reported the matter to the Holetown Police Station. Brathwaite subsequently walked into the station but denied committing the offence.

However, police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock said Brathwaite was picked out in an identification parade by someone who witnessed the incident, and he was subsequently charged.

In addition to jailing Brathwaite, Magistrate Douglas Frederick ordered that the thief, who has 12 prior convictions, undergo drug rehabilitation at the prison.

20 Responses to Jailed for stealing visitor’s bag

  1. Ann Szebenyi
    Ann Szebenyi July 5, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Do the crime, do the time…thief….

    • Isolene Evans
      Isolene Evans July 6, 2017 at 6:48 am

      You people are the help in dearly the country because it is you people that Carrie the drugs into the country and get the native huck on it.

    • Sonia Small
      Sonia Small July 6, 2017 at 6:52 am


    • Isolene Evans
      Isolene Evans July 6, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Drugs are not produce on the island, it is you visitors that Carrie it there and get the native huck on it.When you all get caught with the drugs you want to pay a fine and leave the island which is wrong.All you visitors that do the crime should pay the time also.

      • Steve Downstairs July 6, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        Drugs are ‘not’ produced on the island??? uhhhh wow – let me educate you…marijauna is considered a drug, marijauna is grown on this island ALOT…. fact

    • Jasper Stone
      Jasper Stone July 6, 2017 at 6:56 am

      Which doesn’t seem to apply to politicans or the 1 percent

  2. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus July 6, 2017 at 2:26 am

    He turn prickle one time yah….smh

  3. Tennyson Joseph
    Tennyson Joseph July 6, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Remember this chap conducting on min buses. .such a shame..

  4. Cheryll Lewis
    Cheryll Lewis July 6, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Feel sorry for his condition nice person use to conduct on mini bus on St,James,drugs destroy

  5. Hughson Graham
    Hughson Graham July 6, 2017 at 6:26 am

    He went to school with me man that is so sad

  6. Sonia Small
    Sonia Small July 6, 2017 at 6:48 am


  7. Isolene Evans
    Isolene Evans July 6, 2017 at 7:00 am

    This is what drugs can do to a person. The drugs that these same visitors are bringing into the country is what destroy the people and the Island. Hope he gets clean. That is a very hard road to get back on track, wish him the best for the future moving a head.

  8. Davie Etwaroo
    Davie Etwaroo July 6, 2017 at 7:14 am


  9. Eleanor Harewood
    Eleanor Harewood July 6, 2017 at 7:44 am

    This is horrible any way you look at it , i rather give some one money than they steal my bag , the guy that stole the bag is on drugs and stuff but if i was there and he ask me for money , i would of gave him because i am that sort of person that will give any one in need, it looks like he fell into hard times because the article said he did had a job, but it was stealing the bag that was a bad thing because i would hate to be any where not only in Barbados , but here in America too n some one grab my bag because it might have in some thing like my passport or some thing and those things are very hard to get back , money i don’t mind its jus other stuff the bag might contain , thats not so easy to get back , but i almost did get robbed in Barbados years ago , a guy tried to get some very nice gold earrings i had in , and trust me , i was very ery scared, so i wish people won’t do these sort of things to the visitors , it is a really bad turn off , but it happens every where , Barbados is a very nice place to visit , but hearing about this will definitely turn off any one . Being on the plane with tourist all the time , they are truly happy to visit Barbados and its sad to hear that some thing like this is what they are coming too

  10. Donna Crichlow
    Donna Crichlow July 6, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Cocaine getting real popular bout hay young boys just sniff away the life and think its fun the

  11. Ishaaq July 6, 2017 at 8:12 am

    He should stay in prison until he is clean of all drugs. He’s actions reflects on us all.

  12. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 6, 2017 at 8:39 am


  13. BoBoTheClown July 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    When known drug dealers are plying their trade daily,and the Police, Defense Force Officers know who they are, even by name and yet, for reasons unknown are not apprehended and brought before the Court ,how can law abiding Barbadians expect their Children ,our future generations to be (in many cases) anything more than drug users.
    When known drug traffickers are treated like they are only trying to make a living at the expense of others ,they should be apprehended ,fined, relieved of all they and they immediate families possessions that were obtained by crime unless they could prove to a Court that everything was obtain legally. We have a system that allows known drug dealers to own the biggest homes, the most expensive cars,that anyone with a brain knows that those possessions were not obtain legally, and yet we complain when our kids end up stealing our hard earned money to finance them. Does it make sense. I don’t think it does, but apparently the Courts thinks differently.They think a cursery fine, or a few months in a prison will somehow act as a cure for all.


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