A 28-year-old man, with 22 convictions, today appealed to High Court Judge Randall Worrell to give him one last chance.
While acknowledging that he was definitely not a saint, Leandro Renaldo Dominic Pope, of Lower Holders Hill, St James, appealed for leniency after a jury found him guilty of wounding Kenneth Dookey with intent to maim, disfigure or disable him on January 15, 2015.
“Sir I know that I ain’t no saint but whatever you do, I would just like you to be very lenient on me because I don’t like prison. I don’t really want to be in prison,” Pope said to Justice Worrell.
He further explained that while he had a “bad past” he did not wish to be “in jail years and years and years wasting my life doing nothing”.
“I got things to accomplish and I really want to be at home with my family who loves me . . . and I want to get home Sir,” Pope, who is known to the courts for burglary, breaking and entering, theft, assault, as well as firearms offences said.
However, Justice Worrell told Pope, who is currently serving a two-year sentence on another charge, he needed to reflect on how he got into this position.
But Pope maintained that he just needed a break.
“When everything is said and done . . . I really want a chance. I really want to get home. I begging you Sir . . . to take into consideration all the time in jail before. I can’t take no more jail. I really want to enjoy my life,” the career convict said before a report was ordered into his life in preparation for sentencing.
He returns to the No 2 Supreme Court on June 12.