A 40-year-old man charged with 20 offences was remanded to HMP Dodds today after appearing before Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court.
Dane Rene Ellis could only plead to the one count which occurred within the Oistins’ jurisdiction. On this count, he admitted to stealing two gold chains and a pendant valued $5,400, belonging to Carolyn Fulton sometime between June 25 and August 4 last year.
The unemployed man will be sentenced when he returns to the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court on February 11.
Meanwhile, he will be attending the District ‘E’ Magistrates Court at Holetown on February 9 to answer a single charge. The following day, he is expected to be at the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court in relation to the 18 others.
Those relate mainly to burglarising business houses and homes, including the Black Rock Cultural Centre, Pharmacy World, Praise Academy, Braddie’s Bar, The Village Hut and Kirk’s Beer Garden.
Apart from the matter relating to Fulton, all of the other offences were allegedly carried out between September 2015 and January 27 this year.
Presenting the facts, Sergeant Azel Skeete revealed that Ellis and Fulton knew each other because she used to buy fruit from him. Over time, they became friends and would talk with each other whenever they met at Anne’s Bar.
On June 25, Fulton left the island but, before doing so, she spoke to Ellis about him looking after her apartment. By the time she returned on August 5, both Ellis and her jewellery were gone and her apartment showed no sign of forced entry.