Two teens have appeared in a Bridgetown Court on multiple charges of breaking into homes and stealing over $8,000 in items.
When the two – a 14-year-old and 16-year-old Joreon Rivaldo Cumberbatch of Yearwood Road, Black Rock, St Michael – left the court, neither returned home.
The minor was remanded to the Government Industrial School (GIS) until March 11 when he will appear at Juvenile Court, while Cumberbatch was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment. He will return to court on April 1.
Cumberbatch confessed to entering Otis Bannister’s home and stealing a wallet, passport and two bottles of rum, along with other items.
He also admitted to six other offences for which he was charged jointly with the 14-year-old.
Between January 2 and February 27 this year, Cumberbatch broke into the homes of Richard Parris and Hilda Downie and stole a cellular phone, a bangle, a Barbados identification card and $65.
He also stole Regina Prause’s and Oleg Ivanov’s handbags and contents, including a cellular phone, camera, purse and money from Sabrian Jardine and US$24 belonging to Jeffrey Martini.
Cumberbatch also loitered at Santorini Apartments, giving cause to suspect that he was there to commit burglary.
The court was told that the teenager had been prescribed medication by the Psychiatric Hospital in the past.
As for the juvenile, Magistrate Graveney Banister advised him: “When you go up there [the GIS], I want you to sit down and reflect. You have plenty of time to turn your life around.”
The court heard from probation officer Louis Linton that records showed the youngster had not attended school at all this term and only turned up for classes 10 days last term.
The minor’s explanation for his absence was that he had no school shoes.
When his mother was questioned, she said she could not verify that, since her son lived with his father. She also said that on the nights he slept at her home, before she left for work she instructed him to attend school.
Attorney-at-law Dr Waldo Walrond-Ramsay represented the juvenile.