A 24-year-old man, who stole 20 sheets of lumber and a tablet from his sister, will spend the next six months behind bars.
Lamal Valance Whitney, of 3rd Avenue, My Lords Hill, St Michael, owed up to the offences today when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
The items, valued at $1,214.50, were apparently stolen sometime between September 11 and October 9 from Lizieanna Mapp, who had purchased the lumber for the purpose of renovating the house at which Whitney also resides.
“I did sell the lumber and I had intentions of paying her. I just wanted to buy pampers . . . . I was in a little difficulty and just wanted the money to buy things for my five-month-old son,” Whitney explained, adding that he had sold the lumber, which cost $864.50 for $100, and had also pawned the tablet for the same amount.
In response, Frederick told Whitney he had acted like a weevil by “eating down” the very house he was living in.
The magistrate also questioned whether the unemployed man, who was previously convicted for a number of burglaries, was on drugs, as he was a “house breaker” who was now breaking his own home.
Whitney said he was not using drugs. However, he admitted that it was wrong to steal from his own sister.
“I was wrong, but I was going through a lot,” he said.
For having an unpaid fine from a previous conviction, which carried a six-month prison term, Whitney was sent up to the St Philip penal institution.
In handing down another six-month sentence to him, which will run concurrently, the magistrate also urged Whitney to use his time in prison to “reflect and change” his ways, as he was “killing the goose the lays the golden egg, and your sister was that goose”.