A convicted burglar has been sentenced to three, six-month prison terms at HMP Dodds for committing offences under the Precious Metals and Second Hand Metals Act.
However, the sentences imposed on Andre Shamar Freeman, of Crusher Site, Prospect, St James Tuesday will run concurrent with a 51 month sentence he is already serving at the St Philip penal institution.
Freeman previously pleaded guilty in the No.5 Supreme Court to making a false statement of ownership to Barbados Gold Buyers that he was the legal owner of second hand metal and was lawfully entitled to sell it. Those offences were committed on August 14, 19 and 20, 2013.
Based on the facts presented before the court, on the first date, Freeman sold three pairs of earrings, a bracelet, two rings and a chain to the registered precious metals dealer and received $205 and a receipt for the items, which included his name, identification number, contact information, hair and eye colour, his date of birth, description of the jewellery and a declaration that he was the legal owner of the gold.
Freemen returned to the company five days later on August 19 with five pairs of earrings, two rings, a bracelet, an anklet and a piece of scrap jewellery and was given $900 with another detailed receipt.
He returned the following day with a pair of earrings, a ring, two chains and a bracelet and was paid $120 with another receipt. Later that same day, Freeman handed in a broach, one heart-shaped pendant, 30 pairs of earrings and a ring and was paid $200 for that quantity of gold.
His frequent trips to the establishment aroused suspicious and the police were contacted and investigations commenced.
Freeman was taken into custody on September 24, 2013, interviewed and later charged.
Tuesday, Madam Justice Michelle Weekes referred to a pre-sentencing report complied by the Probation Department which showed that Freeman had a history of burglary offences spanning over a ten-year period and was considered a high risk for re-offending.
However, Freeman, who has 24 prior convictions – most of which related to acts of dishonesty – appealed to the court for the opportunity to correct his errors.