A teenager, who committed a spate of burglaries over a two-month period, has been sentenced to nearly three years in jail.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant handed down the sentence to 17-year-old Stephan Davidson Freeman Wednesday after he told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that he had committed the crimes after his mother put him out of her home for smoking.
Freeman, of no fixed place of abode, had pleaded guilty back in June to entering the home of Gale Wiltshire as a trespasser and stealing a $50 handbag belonging to Alexandria Carter, sometime between April 25 and 26.
Based on the facts presented by the prosecutor Wednesday, Wiltshire had secured her home on April 25 only to discover on April 26 that it had been burglarized. Her daughter’s handbag, which was left on the bedroom floor, was found at the side of the road not far from their house.
Freeman has also admitted to loitering on Judith Benskin’s premises on April 19 with a view to committing burglary as well as entering the home of Sonia Clarke between April 22 and 23 as a trespasser and stealing a $25 bag belonging to the homeowner.
Two days later, he visited Carolyn Austin’s home, giving cause for persons to believe that he was about to commit another burglary.
Teresha Emillen was Freeman’s next victim. After making off with her $50 handbag and a pair of scissors worth $10 on May 8, he stole a $90 handbag, a $6 purse and $285 in cash belonging to Veldeneen Pitt.
Wednesday, Freeman was sentenced to 12 months in jail for each count of burglary. However, his sentences will run concurrently and his time spent on remand – 52 days – will be deducted as time already served.
The teenager was also slapped with a 20-month prison term for stealing a cellular phone valued at $1,100, which belonged to Phillar Alleyne of the National Assistance Board on June 13.