Two teenagers, one of them a minor, were remanded to separate penal institutions Monday after appearing in court on a burglary charge.
Eighteen-year-old Joshua Caled Jackson of Pegwell Boggs, Christ Church and his 15-year-old co-accused, also of Christ Church, went before Magistrate Elwood Watts in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court, accused of entering the home of Romeo Griffith on July 27 as trespassers and stealing a pair of sneakers worth $350, a shirt worth $150 and $600 in cash belonging to Kamal Jordan, as well as a watch worth $100 belonging to the homeowner.
Jackson pleaded guilty to the offence while the minor denied committing the crime.
In the facts outlined by police prosecutor Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett, the court heard that the homeowner left home last Thursday just before 10 a.m. On his return sometime later, he discovered the items missing and reported the matter to the police. Investigations led to Jackson who was taken into custody and gave a written statement confessing to the crime.
A search warrant was subsequently executed at his home where a watch and approximately $36 were found.
Station Sergeant Burnett also informed Magistrate Watts that Jackson was currently before the same court on another charge, while a probation officer added that he was also currently performing 220 hours of community service, which he started back in May, for assault and theft. He was scheduled to reappear in court on August 11 for an update on the status of that service.
“You have outstanding matters here that I was sentencing you on . . . but [you are] at large and committing offences. I want to get the pre-sentencing report in my hands,” Magistrate Watts said as he informed the unemployed teen that he would be remanded into custody.
“You are not working, so being off the streets will not hurt you,” Watts added as he asked Jackson whether he had been performing his community service.
“I was doing it but I had a toothache so I had to stop doing it,” Jackson replied just before he was remanded to prison until September 1.
The magistrate is expected to have pre-sentencing and community service reports in hand on that date in preparation for sentencing.
Jackson’s co-accused was remanded to the Government Industrial School after the police prosecutor objected to him being granted bail on the grounds that the 15-year-old was currently on a bond.
“You pleaded not guilty but your name was called. I thought that you were on the straight and narrow path, only to discover that you are on another charge. You are not doing so well keeping company with the wrong people. You are on a bond and you shouldn’t be appearing before me at all,” Watts said.
However the accused teen responded: “I was not at the house at all. I was not there; I don’t have nothing to do with that.”