Junior Clarke was sentenced to two years in prison on theft and burglary charges. (Picture by Xtra Vision Photography.)
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A graphics designer who admitted running off with another man’s pants and cellphone was jailed for two years yesterday.
The sentence was handed down to Junior Winston Decourcey Clarke by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant when he returned to the District “A” Magistrates’ Court to learn his fate, having earlier pleaded guilty to separate theft and burglary charges.
Clarke, 50, of 7th Avenue, New Orleans, The City, who was already serving time at HMP Dodds for another offence, admitted robbing Samuel Agard of a $300 cellphone and pants valued $150 on October 22, 2015.
The many-time offender also pleaded guilty to breaking into Fashion Conscious Boutique between October 28 and 29, 2015, and stealing three shirts worth $315.
Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant sentenced him to two years on both charges. They will run concurrently.
Prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons told the court Agard was sitting on a wall by the YMCA around 1 a.m. when Clarke approached him and engaged him in conversation.
When Agard told him he wasn’t interested, Clarke locked him from behind and a struggle ensued. The complainant’s pants fell off and the cellphone dropped. Clarke ran off with both items.
In relation to the burglary charge, Gibbons said the boutique’s owner locked the store, leaving several clothes on display in the window on mannequins.
He returned the next day and found the glass broken and property missing from the mannequins. Police were called in and a print was found on one of the mannequins. CCTV footage also showed Clarke taking the property.
In asking the court for leniency, Clarke said his actions were a result of his “instability and substance abuse issues”. He admitted that trying to support his alcohol and drug habits had run him afoul of the law.
In begging for leniency, he asked the magistrate for help with his addictions.
“. . . My very sorry history is as a result of substance abuse and I realise that I need help,” he said.
“I want to be in a drug rehabilitation programme and I also want you to help me get into a work programme so I would not be idle. I don’t want to be going through this again.”
Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant told Clarke he had in excess of 28 convictions, including those for resisting arrest and offences against other people.
She added that he would be able to enrol in a drug rehabilitation programme while in prison. (RB)