Victims of a burglary confessed to the High Court that they felt “violated” after the culprit breached the sanctity of their home and made away with some of their belongings.
They were speaking in the case of convicted man Lesanto Orelston Hydrafel Lavine, of Rollins Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael.
Lavine pleaded guilty before Justice Randall Worrell to entering the St James residence of Ann-Marie and Rodwell London on March 9, 2015 and taking five gold chains; a silver chain; 17 pairs of earrings; five bracelets; nine bangles; two rings; two anklets; two Apple iPods all totaling $22, 570 and including $20 cash belong the Ann-Marie London. He also stole two wrist watches and three colognes totaling $1, 910 belonging to Rodwell London.
The thief also admitted to engaging in money laundering on March 23, 2015 when he sold one of the watches to a St Michael pawn shop being the proceeds of crime.
“I feel violated that somebody can so brazenly come into your house and take up things that don’t belong to them,” Rodwell said and he left the matter up to the No. 2 Supreme Court to decide what sentence should be imposed on the perpetrator. He made the comments after Ann-Marie told the court how the crime had affected her.
However, Lavine’s criminal endeavours did not end there as he further admitted that on December 14, 2010 he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted serious bodily harm on Hugh Wooding.
The convicted man’s cases will come up for hearing again before Justice Worrell on November 22.
It is expected that on that date Senior Crown Counsel Olivia Davis and attorney-at-law Simon Clarke will put forward submissions and mitigation respectively.