“I tried it to see what it would taste like and ever since I have been hooked!”
That was the confession of 42-year-old Simon Emanuel Gabriel of no fixed place of abode, who said he started taking drugs, including cocaine, as a youth. Further questioned by Magistrate Douglas Frederick, the former bartender said he stole to satisfy his drug habit. He also attended Verdun House, the centre for rehabilitation in St John.
Gabriel pleaded guilty to four theft charges when he appeared in the Distriuct ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court and four other charges were transferred to the Oistins Court to be heard later this month.
The confessed addict admitted that on February 1, 2019, he entered Kensington Court and stole one briefcase valued $100 belonging to H. Jason Jones. He was sentenced to six months in jail.
He also pleaded guilty to entering Unique High School, Dayrell’s Road, Christ Church on January 24, 2019 and stealing two knives, chicken, soft drinks and biscuits and ten dollars in cash, a total value of $138. He was sentenced to nine months to run consecutively.
Gabriel also entered the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) School, Dalkeith, St Michael on January 26 and stole items and cash worth $108. He was sentenced to three months to run consecutively. He entered the home of Sarah Laverick of Crystal Waters, Worthing, Christ Church and stole $650 on January 28, 2019. The sentence was three months to run consecutively.
According to Prosecutor, Sergeant Carrison Henry, Gabriel was seen peering into the H. Jason Jones showroom where the briefcases were on display and was later chased by employees. He dropped a briefcase and it was picked up. The police was passing near Kensington Oval, saw what was happening and stopped.
In the case of the Unique High School, the crook took the items from the canteen. The principal got a phone call and later confirmed that the items were missing.
At the SDA School, a training programme was being conducted and the staff left their clothing and other items in a classroom and on their return found the items missing. Gabriel admitted to taking them.
At Laverick’s Worthing home she was asleep when the ringing of her phone woke her and she saw Gabriel in her living room. She checked and found the money missing.
He will also appear in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court to answer the following charges on February 12:
On January, 22, 2019, he entered Sandals Resort and stole four chickens, valued $80.
Between January 31 and February 1, 2019, he entered Breeze Bar and Grill and stole a quantity of items including red and white wine, rum, Guiness, fish, beef burgers, steak pie, worth $717.
Between January 31 and February 1, he damaged a lock belonging to Sandra Felix.
Between December 27 and 28, 2018, he entered the home of Jean Yearwood and stole items worth $2,135.