A 45-year-old labourer could see his criminal record remain clean even though he admitted to handling stolen property today.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant ordered Stephen Davidson Freeman, of Grooves Land, St George, to pay the court costs in the sum of $500 in two weeks’ time. If he fails to pay the money by April 10, he will spend a month in jail. However, he will have no criminal record if the money is paid on time.
Freeman pleaded guilty to the March 22 offence of knowing or believing that jewellery was stolen, dishonestly assisting in its disposal for the benefit of another person.
The prosecutor Station Sergeant Janice Ifill revealed that on March 20, John Weekes reported to police that his Skeete’s Road, Ivy, St Michael home had been burglarized. Investigations were launched.
Two days later, Freeman entered a store on Constitution Road, St Michael where he assisted another man in the sale of some jewellery – which Weekes later identified as his. The matter was reported to the police whose investigations led to Freeman’s arrest.
In mitigating on Freeman’s behalf, attorney-at-law Rasheed Belgrave informed the magistrate that his client had been gainfully employed for the past 13 years. He said Freeman is not known to the court and was taken advantage of by a friend, which landed him in the current predicament.
After weighing his submission, Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant ordered Freeman to pay the court costs.