For failing to obey a directive not to trespass on a woman’s property when she was not there, Rafael Elson will have to keep away for the next six months.
That was the sentence imposed by Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today after Elson pleaded guilty to entering the premises of Laurencia Smith-Brathwaite on May 9, 2018, despite being forbidden to do so.
If the 25-year-old of Laundry Road, Country Road, St Michael disobeys that order he will have to spend six months at HMP Dodds.
“Why did you go there after the owner told you not to go on her property when she wasn’t there?” Frederick asked the accused.
“I went to pick some breadfruits,” was Elson’s reply.
The court heard from prosecutor Sergeant Edwin Pinder that Elson was accustomed to cutting Smith-Brathwaite’s lawn and was allowed to pick breadfruits when she was home.
However, she had warned him several times not to enter her premises when she was not home.
On the day in question he went to her residence and her daughter, who was home at the time, told her of his intrusion.
She reported the matter to police and Elson was subsequently picked up after he was seen in the area.
His conviction record showed that he had prior charges for stealing and breaking into people’s residences.
“I don’t want to send you back to prison for this,” the magistrate told him.
“So I am going to give you a chance and put you on a bond and you are not to go back around the woman’s place. To show you how serious about this I am, if you breach this bond you will spend six months in prison.”