A 35-year-old St Michael man was today ordered to pay a fine of $2,000 in three months and was placed on a year-long bond after he appealed to Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick to give him a break.
“I am sorry. I have twins and something wrong with one and I was just frustrated,” an apologetic Glen Jamal Lewis of King Edward Road, Bank Hall told the court after he had earlier admitted to stealing over $9,000 worth of tools.
“Please give me a chance to [redeem] myself. Prison ain’t no place for me as I can’t take care of my children,” he said, adding that he had given back the stolen items.
According to the charge sheet, Lewis entered the residence of Julian Bellamy sometime between July 28 and 31 as a trespasser and stole a $12 chisel, a $350 belt sander, a $800 drill, a $550 nail gun, an $800 screw gun, six gallons of compound worth $415, a gallon of paint worth $75, a gallon of brushing solution worth $45, two hammers worth $1,815, a charger valued at $130, three batteries valued at $350, two saws valued at $730, one plane worth $360, a drilling machine costing $1,050, two angle grinders worth $695 and a radio valued at $60.
The magistrate reminded Lewis that he had already been before the courts for trespassing before placing him on the bond. If he breaches his latest court order, he will have to spend at least six months in prison.