A man who is already serving time has been sentenced to an additional six months at Dodds Prison.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick imposed the punishment on 53-year-old Michael Dacosta Layne of Scotts Gap, Brittons Hill, St Michael who in a previous court appearance pleaded guilty to entering the home of Simon Baptist as a trespasser on April 28 and stealing three cellular phones, a piece of cloth, a bag, BDS$1120 and US$100 in cash.
The items and money, which totalled $1,987, were never recovered.
“I am currently serving a sentence and will [be released] on March 25, next year. Whatever you give me I will have to accept, Layne told Frederick.
However, attorney-at-law Harry Husbands who mitigated on the man’s behalf, said Layne had been in and out of prison for the past ten years and was under pressure since losing his job.
Husbands revealed that Layne was also an outpatient of the Psychiatric Hospital and wanted a second chance at getting into the drug rehabilitation programme offered by Verdun House.
But Frederick said the request was not feasible at present because “while the harvest is plenty, the workers are few”.
According to the judicial officer: “There are a lot of people who would like rehabilitation . . . but you have been there and done that, so we have to give other people a first chance. I understand that you are under the influence of these drugs, but the problem is the resources are scarce and you have to [take advantage] of the ones in prison,” he told Layne before imposing the six-month sentence which will be added on to the time he is already serving at Dodds.