A man who collected his friend’s rent but chose to keep it, is to repay the money in five months.
Gladstone Clarke, of Cyprus Street, St Michael, who had previously pleaded not guilty to stealing $7,137 from Hugh Belgrave between April 29, 2008 and July 11, 2011, has had a change of heart.
Appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court last Friday, Clarke owned up to the offence and offered to repay the stolen monies.
His attorney Steve Gollop told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that Belgrave, who resides in England, had agreed to accept the compensation.
“Mr Belgrave is willing to be compensated and my client has agreed that he will deposit $2,000 into his bank account by Monday as a first installment. Thereafter, he will deposit $1,000 every month until that sum of $7,137 is cleared,” Gollop said.
The magistrate accepted the proposal, but warned Clarke that if he did not pay back the entire sum, he would go to prison.
“If the money is not paid you will go to jail, but if it is paid, no conviction will be recorded against you,” Frederick told him, before giving him until October 26 to settle the matter.
The court heard from prosecutor Assistant Superintendent Trevor Blackman that the complainant and accused grew up together and were friends.
The complainant went to England in 2008 and left the accused in charge of collecting the rent from the three properties he owned in Barbados.
The accused was supposed to keep five per cent of the money collected and deposit the rest on a bank account.
However, in 2009, after receiving his bank statements, the complainant realized that the money was not deposited.
After writing to the accused, he returned to Barbados to investigate the matter. Unable to get a reason as to why the money had not been deposited, he wrote the Commissioner of Police asking that the matter be investigated.
It led to the accused being arrested and charged.