A St James man, who has been on remand for several months, yesterday pleaded guilty to two robbery offences, one dating back to 2010.
Corey St Clair Trotman, of Flint Hall, St James is accused of entering Nancy’s Beer Corner and stealing merchandise worth $5,902 belonging to Winslow Moore. This includes 15 cases of beer worth $550; 15 bottles of whiskey worth $740; one hundred bottles of rum worth $2,048; 15 bottles of vodka worth $643; 11 bottles of brandy worth $925; two boxes of biscuits worth $96 and 30 bottles of wines worth $900.
The offence occurred sometime between October 23 and 24, 2015.
According to the facts read by police prosecutor Neville Watson, Moore inspected the wooden establishment on October 24, 2015 after securing it the night before. It was during that check that he discovered that the integrity of the structure had been compromised, with one of the wooden window frames forced away from the main part of the building and the wrought iron bar also displaced.
Moore alerted the police and investigations led to the accused who admitted to the offence.
Twelve packs of biscuits and a case of beer were recovered.
In the second offence, Trotman admitted to entering Christine Mason’s house on November 12, 2010 and stealing a $750 power saw; a $250 jig saw; a $390 drilling machine; a $900 tile cutter and $275 in cash.
The police prosecutor reported that Mason, who lives in a wood and wall structure, secured her house but later discover someone had entered the premises through the wrought iron gate. The lock on the gate had been removed.
A probe led to the accused man who was arrested and charged for the offence.
Yesterday, Trotman told the court that he now resides in Dash Valley, St George, prompting Magistrate Douglas Frederick to ask him, why would he steal from his own neighbourhood.
“You steal from your own neighbourhood? That’s an aggravating factor,” the magistrate said.
The accused, who is known to the court for a number of break-ins and robberies, said: “Friends, drugs and doing a little herb and alcohol play with my head.”
Trotman, who has already served six months on remand at HMP Dodds, was sentenced to a further 12 months on the 2015 offence and six months on the 2010 matter, which will run consecutively.
“What I want you to do today is to try and change your life, you are not getting any younger,” Frederick told Trotman, who is in his early 40s.