Thursday 27 February, 2020

Tobago man serves eighth jail term in 10 yrs for larceny, breaking in

A 39-year-old Tobago man has been sentenced to five years' hard labour after being charged for shop breaking and larceny.

Fidel Skeete of Skeete Trace, Golden Grove Road, Buccoo received the sentence after he appeared before Magistrate Andriana Cedeno in the Scarborough Magistrate's first court on October 9, 2019. Skeete was also ordered to pay compensation in the sum of $268.00 or face four weeks simple imprisonment.

He had pleaded guilty to the charge on October 7, 2019, and was remanded in custody until sentencing. 

This conviction marks Fidel's eighth jail conviction within the past 10 years.

Approximately 24 hours after his release from the Scarborough Prison on October 3, 2019, where he served a 3-year jail term for office breaking and larceny, Skeete was arrested for shop breaking and larceny in the Shirvan Road district.

Around 10.30 pm the victim, Judy Baker a 53-year-old proprietress of Mt Pleasant Local Road, Mt Pleasant, secured her business place, J's Mini Mart, and went into her adjacent house. Around 11.15 pm, she was alerted by barking dogs.

She subsequently went to investigate and saw the accused leaving her shop with a number of items wrapped in his jersey. She checked her Mini Mart and found a window left open. She then discovered a number of beverages missing from the refrigerator.

A report was made at the Shirvan Road Police Station, inquiries were conducted and Fidel Skeete was arrested. Sgt Wilson of the Shirvan Road CID continued investigations and charged Skeete for the offence.

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