A 29-year-old vendor, who climbed through a woman’s window three weeks after their relationship had ended, has been placed on a bond to keep the peace.
Antoine Rico Carter, of Perseverance Drive, Jackson, St Michael, pleaded guilty today to entering the home of Taria Jackman as a trespasser on February 28 and stealing cash belonging to her.
He also admitted to damaging the windows of her home on the same day without lawful excuse.
According to Constable Victoria Taitt the two were in an intimate relationship but parted ways on February 9.
Nineteen days later Jackman was at home when she heard a noise upstairs. When she went to investigate, she saw Carter climbing through a bedroom window.
She ran back down the stairs to her bedroom and locked herself in.
However, Carter proceeded to search for her.
He also allegedly removed money from Jackman’s purse before using a set of keys that were in the house to unlock the door to the bedroom she was in and to force his way in, even as the woman tried desperately to keep him out.
As she screamed for him to leave her house, Carter “chucked” her, causing Jackman to arm herself with a knife.
The intruder then reportedly ran out of the house and into the road and armed himself with rocks which he threw at Jackman before she armed herself with a cutlass and ran him off the property before reporting the incident to police.
“Everything is true apart from the part with the $70. I take up $20,” Carter said, while showing no remorse for his actions.
However, a tearful Jackman told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that Carter had been harassing her since the break up.
“I would like a restraining order. He has been making my life miserable for the last three weeks. I have video footage, voice notes that he has been sending me from people’s phones and a whole set of stuff,” Jackman said.
She then produced a bill in the sum of $2,740.93 for the damage done to her windows.
“You are a grown man, you have to know how to properly conduct yourself. Ms Jackman said the relationship was over and that’s it,” Cuffy-Sargeant told Carter before ordering him to compensate Jackman $2, 810.93, as well as $200 in costs by June 1.
Carter, who is known to the court, must also be on his best behaviour for the next 12 months. If he breaches that order, he will have to spend six months in prison.