After Gregory Theodore Junior Desantos stole a car from his uncle’s driveway he drove “all over” but was forced to abandon the vehicle between the JTC Ramsay and Norman Niles roundabouts after it ran out of fuel.
The motorcar X7516 belonged to Andrew Scott but his brother Desmond Scott kept it at his Fairy Valley, Christ Church residence as he had exclusive use of the Toyota Corolla.
Principal Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney said on November 5, 2015 Desmond Scott left Barbados and the vehicle was driven back to his home by Glenroy Gaskin who locked it, left it in good condition and held onto the key. Another family member subsequently realised the vehicle was missing. The car was spotted between the JTC Ramsay roundabout and the Norman Niles roundabout with damage to the right side of the door, bumper and fender.
Today, in the No. 5 Supreme Court Desantos pleaded guilty to entering Desmond Scott’s residence between November 5 and 23, 2015 and stealing a $10 key. He also admitted to stealing a $16,000 motorcar belonging to Andrew Scott during the same period.
But he told Madam Justice Pamela Beckles he was not guilty of taking the vehicle without the consent of the owner.
When lawmen arrested Desantos, also of Fairy Valley, Christ Church at a bus stop in the same community and questioned him he responded: “This is the ting bout the car, I dun know what going on.”
Under caution and after being told of his rights, he told police he did not want a lawyer to represent him. “A lawyer for wuh? I tek up the car.”
He also opted not to give police a statement. “Statement for wuh it is me who tek up de car,” he said adding that he took the vehicle from his uncle Desmond Scott’s driveway and took the key from the house.
“I open the garage door with a knife”, and got the keys from “a cupboard” in the kitchen.
He told police he did not receive permission from his uncle to use the vehicle but drove it “all over, Nelson Street, Cave Hill and Bank Hall” and got in an accident at St David’s by hitting the right front wheel on “the soft stone rock”.
Desantos then explained that he abandoned the vehicle when it ran out of gas leaving the keys in the ignition.
He allegedly told lawmen that his intentions were to drive around and try to get the vehicle sold.
Desmond Scott meantime said that there were three keys and most of his family knew where the spare was kept in the kitchen cupboard because it was “never a secret”. However, he never gave Desantos permission to enter his house.
When Desantos returns before Justice Beckles on April 2 the court will find out from the Records Department of the Royal Barbados Police Force whether he has any previous convictions. A report on the time he spent on remand at Dodds should also be available at that time. A pre-sentencing report has also been requested on Desantos who remains on bail.