Kenrick O’Neale Brathwaite is likely to be spending Christmas, Old Year’s Night and New Year’s Day this year at the Dodds, St. Philip prison.
That’s because he was unable to pay a forthwith fine imposed today and was sentenced to a three-month prison stay.
When Brathwaite, 38, of St David’s Christ Church, appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, he was handed the sentence by acting Magistrate Sandra Rawlins after pleading guilty to stealing one pack of wrappers, six cigarettes, a quantity of tobacco and $17.30, a total value of $43.55 belonging to Amanda Jones on August 27.
The court heard from prosecutor Station Sergeant Carrison Henry that Brathwaite went to Jones’ home and begged her for wrappers and tobacco, but she refused.
He walked away and she went to the bathroom leaving the transparent bottle containing the items on a table. When she returned the bottle was gone and she looked outside to see Brathwaite stuffing his pockets with the items. He then threw away the empty container and ran onto the compound of the Ministry of Agriculture with Jones in hot pursuit.
She did not catch him but later identified Brathwaite after spotting him on the highway opposite the Ministry of Agriculture.
As he stood in the dock, it was revealed that Brathwaite had been placed on a one-year bond to keep the peace on July 16, 2018. The bond carried a $500 forthwith fine if breached with an alternative of three months’ in prison.
After police tried unsuccessfully to find someone to pay the money on his behalf, Brathwaite was given the automatic sentence.
The acting Magistrate also handed him a three-month suspended sentence for a year for his guilty plea.
If he is convicted of any crime during that period he will be sentenced to another three months in prison.