A man who confessed to numerous break-ins over the past week, has been jailed for a total of four and a half years.
Last Friday, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant sentenced Dane Rene Ellis to three years for burglarizing Sort Your Stuff and stealing $2,720 in items on January 31 this year.
That term of imprisonment was in addition to the year given to him by Magistrate Wanda Blair last Tuesday and the six months by Magistrate Christopher Birch on Thursday in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court, for stealing jewellery valued at $5,400 belonging to Carolyn Fulton. That term will run consecutively to the earlier sentence.
Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant also gave Ellis another three-year sentence for stealing flat screen television sets and vodka from the Cricket Legends of Barbados bar, also in January. That term will run concurrently to the first.
Further, the magistrate handed four two-year sentences and ten 18-month terms for other similar offences.
On the 20 original charges of which Ellis was accused, the allegation of handling a $35,000 stolen car belonging to Simpson Finance Limited remains indictable. It is the only one to which he has not pleaded.
Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant ordered drug counselling for the unemployed man of no fixed address, after his attorney Mohia Ma’at told the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court that Ellis was addicted to cocaine and committed the crimes in order to finance his habit.
Ellis hit several business places during his stealing spree, including the Black Rock Cultural Centre and The Village Hut twice each, Pharmacy World, Praise Academy, Braddie’s Bar, Generation 3 Canteen, Family Gem Supplies, Cricket Legends Bar and Pavilion, Blackwoods Screwdocks Bar, Pure Hand & Foot Spa and Kirk’s Beer Garden.