Burglar lands jail time

George Roy Pearson was sentenced to 30 months in prison for three counts of burglary, one count of consumption of cocaine and four counts of failing to surrender to custody.

One charge of burglary states that George Roy Pearson between 20 and 22 March, 2008, at a Sea View Road apartment in East End, entered as a trespasser and stole CI$600.

Between 27 and 28 June, 2008, Pearson entered a home as a trespasser and stole a $3 bottle of beer.

On Saturday, 28 June, 2008, at Fiddlers Way, East End, Pearson entered the victim’s home as a trespasser with intent to steal.

During court proceedings on Monday, 14 December, defence attorney John Furniss said his client was before the Drug Court when he was remanded. Mr. Furniss added that at the end of the day, it was decided by the court that Pearson was not going to be able to work through his difficulties.

Mr. Furniss said the defendant has since developed gout in his leg and had a chance to rethink his ways during his illness. He told the court his client was still interested in another opportunity with the Drug Court.

He said Pearson, 49, had accepted that he needed treatment and was experiencing other problems in addition to already serving several months in custody.

Before sentencing Pearson, Magistrate Nova Hall took some time to consider the attorney’s pleas for his client and efforts to show mitigating circumstances.

She said she was mindful of Pearson’s record of re-offending and took into account his admission of guilt.

A sentence of 12 months was imposed for one count of burglary. For another count of burglary, Pearson was sentenced to 12 months in custody to run consecutively to the first 12-month sentence.

With regard to a consumption of cocaine charge, which Pearson admitted to during a police interview, the defendant was sentenced to six months in prison to be served concurrently.

A further six month concurrent term was imposed on Pearson for the third count of burglary.

A sentence of one month for two counts of failing to surrender was ordered to be served consecutively and for two more counts of failing to surrender, Pearson received two months in prison for each.

The total term of Pearson’s sentence is 30 months minus the time of four months he has already served, leaving a total of 26 months.