A 19-year-old gold miner appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and was given the option to repay his step-mother an amount of $200,000 or face up to one year in prison, after he stole some of her household items.
Rondel Roy Williams pleaded guilty to the charge, which alleged that between April 1, 2016 and August 6, 2016 at Port Kaituma Water Front, he broke and entered into the house belonging to Savitree Harrichand and stole items including two freezers, three generators, one grass cutter, gas bottles, gas stoves, a microwave and a mattress.
Prosecutor Deniro Jones while presenting his facts, stated that on April 1, 2016, the defendant’s step-mother secured her home with the items intact and left for Georgetown. However, upon her return on August 6, 2016, she found the house to be ransacked and realised that items were missing.
The matter was reported to the police, but it was only on September 29, 2016 that the accused was taken into custody, and confessed to the theft.
When given a chance to explain the reason for his actions, the defendant replied that he was young and wanted to start life on his own. (Ramona Luthi)