A 44-year old man who has already spent half of his life incarcerated at the Richmond Hill Prisons, has to spend the next few years behind bars.
The sentence was handed down by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill on Vernon “Sticky” Phillip for offences committed against two business premises in St. George’s.
The first was for housebreaking and stealing, and damage to property at Just Brands Store on Scott Street, St. George’s between April 18th and 19th, and the other at Venus Night Club, Wall Street, Grand Anse on May 3rd where he stole money from a slot machine which he damaged in the process.
Chief Magistrate Gill ordered a four-year sentence for each of the offense of housebreaking and stealing, which are to run concurrently.
In addition, she imposed an 18-month sentence on Phillip to also run concurrently for each of the other charge on which Phillip pleaded guilty – damage to property.
Owner of Just Brands Store, Lester Smith told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that a number of T-Shirts were fished out of a window by the convicted man.
Smith said some panes of louvers were removed by Phillip who also pushed down the partition and fished out the clothes through the burglar bars.
Video footage of the burglar was captured from a surveillance camera, while members of the Royal Grenada Police Force managed to lift his fingerprints during their investigations.
Phillip claimed he sold all of the T-Shirts in the St. George’s Market for $175.00 although the cost of the T-Shirt is $85.00 each.
The storeowner estimates the total loss suffered which includes repairs to the building at $1,060.00.
Phillip who appeared to be frustrated over his lifestyle is baffled over why he continues to find himself in trouble with the law.
The convicted man told the court he has stopped using illegal drugs, and has started to consume alcohol and that is now a problem for him.
“I don’t know if that is the problem or if somebody else try to mix up in my blood,” he said.
According to Phillip, at one time he faced 14 charges and could not do anything about his situation since he had no one to represent him in court.
He said he has no money to retain a lawyer but he tries to be fair with the Police Officers who arrest and charge him by pleading guilty.
The accused confessed to the court that he walked off with $900.00 from the slot machine at Venus Night Club, got excited and “played a mass” from there.”