It may not be the home Michael Anthony Brathwaite was hoping for, but that’s what HMP Dodds will be for the next ten months.
Brathwaite, who has no fixed place of abode, pleaded guilty to stealing a bag worth $253.40, a pair of slippers worth $76, and a memory stick worth $50.68 belonging to English visitor Ryan Powell on June 21.
Powell, who is in the island with his girlfriend, had just left a car park in The City when the theft occurred. The tourists were travelling in a hired car with a removable roof and the vehicle came to a stop at the junction of Suttle and Tudor Streets.
Powell saw a man who, was walking behind the vehicle, reach in and grab a bag which was on the back seat.
The visitor reached back and grabbed at the bag, but Brathwaite made off with it and its contents.
Powell drove off and reported the matter to the Holetown Police Station. Brathwaite subsequently walked into the station but denied committing the offence.
However, police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock said Brathwaite was picked out in an identification parade by someone who witnessed the incident, and he was subsequently charged.
In addition to jailing Brathwaite, Magistrate Douglas Frederick ordered that the thief, who has 12 prior convictions, undergo drug rehabilitation at the prison.