Thief given a second chance
A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN, who decided to change his life around, was given a second chance on Monday.
Stefan Rashad Gibson, of Military Road, Bush Hall, St Michael, pleaded guilty to entering Arthur Birkett’s house as a trespasser and stealing three sheets of plywood worth $195. Prosecutor Constable Kenmore Phillips told the District “A” Magistrates’ Court that last November 18, after a report was made to the Black Rock Police Station about a man walking through Dash Gap with plywood sheets, Gibson was seen pushing the material in a trolley.
He told police: “The man house I got the wood from know I got it.” However, he was arrested on other matters and the wood kept in police custody.
Three days later, the complainant reported the material missing and identified the items as his own. Last Sunday, Gibson went into the station where he admitted to the offence.
Defence counsel Jamar Bourne told Magistrate Kristie
Cuffy-Sargeant his client had a history of drug use. He started using at 18 after seeing his mother doing drugs, and became addicted over time.
“At the time of the arrest he was charged with possession of apparatus and has gone through the Drug Treatment Court in an effort to clean up his life. He has since converted to Islam and says he has not used drugs since,” Bourne submitted.
In asking for leniency, he said Gibson had committed the offence while under the influence, but urged the court to look at his client’s state of mind then and now.
Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant commended Gibson on taking the initiative to turn his life around. She sentenced him to two months in jail, but suspended for two months.
STEFAN GIBSON was sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for two months.