A career thief with 35 previous convictions under his belt was today sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to six more theft charges.
Davie Monroe Marshall, of Brittons Cross Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court charged with breaking and entering Caribbean Fruits and Vegetables on four separate occasions in November 2017.
The stolen items had a combined value of over $1, 921. The accused was also charged with burglarizing Larry’s Old Fashioned Bakery twice in January 2018, stealing items totalling $412, and of having cocaine in his possession on January 15, 2018.
A search of his records also revealed that he had two outstanding matters since 2012.
In outlining the facts of the case Sergeant Theodore McClean told the court that in all four break-ins at Caribbean Fruits and Vegetables, Marshall had entered through the same window. However, he was only seen on the business’s CCTV cameras on one of those occasions.
In a plea for leniency, Marshall told Frederick that he was a drug addict and needed help rather than prison. “I have a drug problem and I need some help. Every time I ask for help they send me to prison. I have been on drugs for four years off and on,” he said.
However, Frederick was not moved by the defendant’s argument, pointing out that his trouble with the law predated the time period he claimed to have had the addiction problem.
“You have convictions long before you say you were into drugs. So it is not the drugs,” Frederick said before imposing consecutive six-month sentences on Marshall for the charges.