First-time offender Tristan Jerome Small could be facing jail if he does not come up with $1 000 to pay for a chain which he stole from a woman who took him into her home.
Small, 26, is from Isolation Road, Belleplaine, St Andrew.
Yesterday, he admitted to Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court that he committed the offence and stole Andrea Dawson’s $1 000 chain on April 20 last year.
According to Sergeant Azel Skeete, Small was accustomed to frequenting Dawson’s home since he and her son were friends. After he was experiencing some challenges, the woman agreed that he could live
at her home.
The complainant left home on April 20 and by the time she returned, the jewellery was missing. When she asked about it, Small denied any knowledge of the chain and Dawson reported the matter to police.
Days later, Small told Dawson that he would pay her for the item but the deadline came and went, and he never did. Even after she spoke to police again and they encouraged her to extend the deadline, Small still did not compensate her for the chain.
He has to now though because “if by Monday, 14th March and she does not receive her money in full…, you will go to prison for 18 months,” Magistrate Birch promised.
In order to make Small “appreciate the difference between having something and working for it,” Birch also stipulated that he complete 240 hours of community service.
“She trusted you to become a member of her household. She put a roof over your head and food in your belly. How could you repay her in such a terrible way?” the magistrate queried.
Small apologized to Dawson, saying that he never meant for it to happen. He explained that there was something “hanging over my head which would have been a lot worse”.
Dawson remarked that the chain had sentimental value to her because she got it from a loved one who had since died.
Asked by the court what she wanted, the complainant replied that she also has a son and all she wants is compensation for the chain.