Brazilian to spend 24 months in Guyana jail for theft

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DSC05257[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Brazilian was sentenced to 24 months in jail for theft. Thirty – year – old Rodriques Da Silva, who was employed as a miner in the interior pleaded guilty to the Simple Larceny Charge before Magistrate Judy Latcham, in the Georgetown Magistrates Court.

The court heard that on September 26 at New Garden Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, Da Silva stole one Nokia Cell phone valued $7,000, one Blackberry cell phone valued $30,000 and one wrist watch valued $40,000 all belonging to Arthur Murray.

Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt disclosed that the complainant – a Security Guard – was performing duties at his place of work and left the items in the guard hut. The prosecutor said while the complainant was away doing his routine checks he heard the gate open and upon checking saw Da Silva leaving the compound with a bag.

According to the prosecutor Hunt gave chase after Da Silva, during which the accused threw the bag into a nearby yard, resulting in the items being recovered.

Da Silva, who is currently unemployed and spoke through an interpreter, told the court that he came out from the interior to seek medical attention in Georgetown for malaria and was in a desperate situation.

He begged the Magistrate to spare him. He was nonetheless sentenced to 24 months in jail. [Royan Abrams]

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