A man of no known place of abode was sentenced to six months at Her Majesty’s Prison after he stole a quantity of cash and other valuables from an unlocked car in Road Town.
Marvin Gumbs pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Wednesday.
The court heard that on September 13, Gumbs stole $1,000 Jamaican currency, a Samsung tablet, and $970 United States currency from a parked vehicle in the vicinity of Scotiabank.
The owner had closed the vehicle but left it unlocked to run an errand.
Spend money on crack, threw away Jamaican $$
The court heard that Gumbs discarded the Jamaican currency in a garbage bin and used the US dollars to buy crack/cocaine and food.
He also attempted to sell the tablet to a man who recognized the owner of the tablet from a portrait on the screen.
The man then confiscated the tablet and returned it to the rightful owner.
Gumbs was later arrested and charged.
Breached of bond agreement
Magistrate Innocent reminded Gumbs that he had pledged to keep the peace for two years when he was before the court for a previous offence.
His latest crime is considered to be a breach of that agreement so Magistrate Innocent forfeited the bond and sentenced Gumbs to another six months in prison.
His sentences are, however, to run concurrently (at the same time). This effectively means Gumbs will only serve a total of six months in prison.
In handing down the sentence, Magistrate Innocent order Gumbs to seek drug counselling while incarcerated at the adult penitentiary in Balsam Ghut.
The magistrate said Gumbs is not to be released unless he has satisfactorily completed the aforementioned counselling.
“We are going to try to help you [so] try to help yourself,” Magistrate Innocent told him.
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