Michael Fitzgerald Williams had already stolen from the homes of two relatives.
So, when the New Castle, St John resident today confessed to hitting each house a second time, his actions earned him 18 months in prison from Magistrate Christopher Birch.
Prosecuting, Sergeant Azel Skeete outlined to the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court how Lebenson Alexander had his jewellery hidden in a specific place at his home. However, sometime between October 29 and 31, 2013, the complainant realized that a gold ring and bracelet were missing.
Williams, who is related to Alexander’s wife, had previously stolen jewellery from the complainant and sold it. He admitted to the police that he stole those two items of jewellery as well.
In the second matter, Williams admitted stealing items from the home of his cousin, Pedahel Williams, between January 21 and 31 this year. The complainant lives next door to the convicted man.
The court heard that the homeowner last saw his property in his bedroom on January 21, but over time he realized that certain items were missing.
At the end of January, after realizing that more and more items seemed to be missing, Williams began checking around. When he still could not find them, his thoughts went to his next door neighbour and cousin, since he had already stolen from him.
In fact, last August, Magistrate Birch had placed the thief on a bond to keep the peace for a year after he pleaded guilty to breaking into Pedahel Williams’ home and stealing.
When the complainant went next door and confronted his cousin, he admitted stealing the items.
Police were called and they recovered three hats, a chain and a pair of shoes. The repeat offender also showed police where he entered the home.
Williams received the prison sentence in relation to the second charge, while he was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the first.