An apology for hurting this island’s bread-and-butter tourism industry was not enough to keep a 21-year-old man from spending the next 27 months at Dodds prison.
When Leroy Andrew Devere Deterville, of No. 92, Denton Road, Grazettes, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick this afternoon he wasted no time in pleading guilty to three theft offences.
On November 11, he stole a $100 bag, a $1,000 cellular phone, a $100 purse, a $35 lipstick, a $75 powder, a $20 lotion, a $30 dress, US$2,115 and BDS$461 belonging to Lalita Ramprashad, as well as a $396 pair of sunglasses belonging to Shilendra Dhanraj.
Three days later, he stole a $30 haversack, a camera worth CND$1,200, a lens worth CND$725, two memory cards worth CND$250, a cellular phone worth CND$1,000, a wallet worth CND$150 and US$5 belonging to Ramin Sabokbar.
On November 21, Deterville also stole a cellular phone worth US$500, a digital camera worth US$850, a US$160 wristwatch and a US$50 wallet belonging to Roland Jindra.
The victims were all visitors to the island who had ventured to beaches, such as Batts Rock, Brandons and Paradise.
“He waited for those persons to go into the sea and pounced,” the prosecutor, Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim, explained.
However, Deterville, who is well known to the court, said today he was sorry for all he had done.
“I apologize to my country . . . because of the tourism . . . because it helps the country.
“I was going through a rough time with me and my mother and I was trying to make ends meet,” he added before suggesting that he should be made to pay a fine or perform community service.
However, the magistrate suggested that the imposition of a fine may only result in Deterville “resorting to more crime” in order to make the payment. He was also rejected his appeal for community service, while taking serious issue with the accused man’s apology.
“You recognized the significance of [the tourism sector], yet you are damaging it because you are reckless”, Frederick said before sentencing Deterville to three consecutive nine-month prison terms for each count of theft.