A second man was sentenced today for attempting to break into publisher Harold Hoyte’s home three years ago.
Returning before Magistrate Ian Weekes in the District ‘D’ Magistrates Court today, Junior Christopher Lowe was sentenced to seven months in prison. That sentence, however, was suspended for 18 months – meaning that if he does not stay out of trouble for that length of time he would be brought back to court for sentencing.
The magistrate took into consideration that the Kendal Hill, Christ Church resident had already spent five months on remand.
The 40-year-old tiler did not plead guilty when he first went before the court, but did so some time after.
Lowe and two others were originally charged with entering Hoyte’s home as trespassers, with the intent to steal on April 19, 2013. A second man, Shamar Shane Devoe Thomas, of 3rd Avenue Rockley, Christ Church pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
However, the third accused has maintained his innocence and his trial is continuing.
The facts of the case are that the custodian was at the residence at the time and on hearing a noise, she looked outside. That was when she saw the men trying to remove louvre panes. She contacted Hoyte and the police were called. Thomas was held later that same day.
The matter was prosecuted by Sergeant Glenda Carter-Nicholls.