A nine-month suspended sentence imposed on Everton Rommell Brathwaite on May 29 came back to haunt him today.
In trouble with the law again five months later, Brathwaite pleaded guilty to two offences before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
He admitted breaking into Sharon James’ house and stealing $70 on November 15, as well as having apparatus fit for use in connection with cocaine a day later.
The 26-year-old, who has no fixed place of abode, now has somewhere to reside for the next 15 months – HMP Dodds, St Philip.
Back in May, Magistrate Douglas Frederick gave Brathwaite a suspended sentence for breaking into Eleanor Hinds’ house and stealing $891.72 in items.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged for doing the same at Beryl Luke’s house where he made off with $775 in items on the same day.
The burglar was given a nine months suspended sentence for a similar time in relation to Hinds.
After pleading guilty today, the suspended sentence kicked-in. Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant then sentenced Brathwaite to nine more months for burglarising James’ home, but that will run concurrently. However, he will have to serve an additional six-month consecutive term in relation to the apparatus offence.
Sergeant Janice Ifill said that the complainant made a report to police that ‘Simba’ had broken into her home and stolen $70. Police went to her home and spoke to her, but later she made a second call to them, saying that Brathwaite was in the area.
When lawmen went to Bedford Lane, Roebuck Street, St Michael around 5. 30 the next morning, they saw Brathwaite there. They spoke to him about the burglary and while searching him, they realized that one of his fists was clenched. When he opened it, they saw a small bottle with the top broken off.
Brathwaite told police at the time: “I want help”.