Guyana native Kevin Anthony Layne, who denied a burglary charge 14 days ago, has had a change of heart.
When Layne, who resides at School Road, Hindsbury Road, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick yesterday he pleaded guilty to entering the home of Marcent Skeete as a trespasser between February 10 and 11 and stealing a $1,600 television and $180 DVD player.
He had entered a not guilty plea when he first appeared before the magistrate on September 17 with his attorney Ezra Alleyne.
Prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim told the court that Skeete allowed Layne to stay at his residence, as he had nowhere to go. However, the two agreed that Layne would contribute $120 every week towards the utilities.
Layne moved in but only paid for the first week and had not made any other monetary contributions since and as such was asked to leave.
On the first aforementioned date Skeete left home leaving the rear door unlocked and his bedroom door opened. He discovered his property missing when he returned the next day.
The matter was reported and the items were found at a pawnshop, in The City, with documentation showing Layne as the person who had sold them.
In a statement to police, he, however, said that Skeete had given him the items to pawn, which Skeete denied.
Layne’s attorney said his instructions were that the complainant had given the items to his client so they could get money to pay the landlord but Layne didn’t bring back the money.
However, that submission left Magistrate Frederick with more questions than answers and he has asked that Skeete appears in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on October 18 in a bid to settle the matter.
The 27-year-old who is in the country illegally will remain on remand at HMP Dodds in the meantime.