An unemployed 16-year-old has to successfully complete 120 hours of community service if he wants to keep his criminal record clean.
Jadane Curtis Tyrique Scantlebury of Taylor’s Land, Fairfield, St Michael pleaded guilty to a trespassing offence when he went before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant Monday.
The teen confessed that on June 10 he entered the house of Shurland Boyce as a trespasser with intent to commit theft.
According to the facts presented by prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons, the complainant was Scantlebury’s driving instructor.
On the mentioned date Boyce was at home when Scantlebury opened his back door and entered. The homeowner confronted the teen who ran away.
Boyce later contacted police and Scantlebury was taken into custody where he admitted to committing the offence and was charged.
When the magistrate asked him whether he had anything to say in his defence, Scantlebury said “no”.
However, the young man, who is not known to the law courts, later apologized for his action.
A probation officer who interviewed Scantlebury then advised the court on the amount of community service to be imposed before it was enforced by the magistrate.
Scantlebury returns to court on October 6 to give an update of his service.