Two homeless burglars, 47-year-old Richard Ricardo Jordan and 27-year-old Damien Shamar Griffith, have been sentenced to over two years at HMP Dodds.
The duo, who were both recorded as having no fixed place of abode and have a long history with the court, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today.
Both men admitted that they entered De House Bar and Grill as trespassers between September 24 and 25 and stole an assortment of alcoholic beverages as well as 14 empty cases of bottles and a cooler bag with a total value of $2,748.50 belonging to Kimberly Neblett.
Jordan also admitted to returning to the bar and grill between the 27 and 29 September, this time on his own where he stole two cases of beer, a bottle of petroleum gas, a case of chicken and a tent valued $1,015 in total, also belonging to Neblett.
The two burglars also hit the offices of Power by Four during the same period and stole a bag, a CCTV monitor, a remote control and $216 worth of drinks with an overall total of $606 belonging to Chetwyn Stewart. Jordan also returned on his own and stole a jacket, three t-shirts, two bags and a paddle tennis racket worth $521.
Griffith also struck on his own on September 29 and stole a cellular phone worth $400 belonging to Fabian Durant also from the Power By Four office.
In all the burglaries the owners of the establishments secured their businesses but returned the following day to find one of their doors damaged and their property missing.
Both men asked for help for their drug addictions when they were given a chance to explain their actions.
“Ma’am, I suffer from short-term memory loss,” Griffith, who is described as having quite a history for committing similar offences, revealed as he pointed to a scar to the back of his head.
“Your Worship, after all this Ma’am . . . I still face a problem that I really wanted help for . . . . I still believe that there is a God and no one can’t take that from me . . . . I will just like some help,” Griffith explained while Jordan who the magistrate said had an even longer history before the court said: “I was given 27 months before and I was awarded the [drug rehabilitation] programme and not one day that I was in jail that I get the rehab programme. I left jail and still didn’t get it. I would like to come back before you when I finish this sentence so you can send me to a programme.”
The two were sentenced to two years in prison and two nine-month sentences to run consecutively.