Magistrate gives cycle thieves final chance

Two Sandys teenagers were this week given a final chance to stay out of prison by a magistrate.

Jahtaio Winters, 19, and Elyon Adonai, 17, were both given 12-month conditional discharges on Monday after they admitted stealing three bikes and other goods from a Southampton bike rental shop.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo warned Winters and Adonai that they would be back before the courts and the order could be revoked if they committed further offences within a year.

The pair admitted taking three cycles, three helmets, three keys, three spanners and a pair of gloves from Oleander Cycles on Pompano Beach Road at a court appearance last month.

The offences happened between August 15 and 16.

The court heard that the manager of the cycle store had secured a trailer, which was used as a mobile office.

But a window was smashed and items were missing when he returned the next day. He also noticed that three bikes had been taken.

Prosecutor Cindy Clarke said at an earlier hearing that police were first alerted to a cycle near the first tee at Port Royal Golf Course on August 19.

Adonai, who had been seen riding a stolen cycle, was later questioned by police and he admitted riding the bike on two occasions.

The other two cycles were recovered on August 31 and police arrested Winters, who admitted taking the items and told officers that they stole the cycles to get to a party at “the Princess hotel”.

Winters told the court he had made a “bad decision”.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo told the defendant: “It was a bad decision, a poor decision. You were drinking alcohol, yes? And stealing bikes to get to a party.”

He also told Winters to find new friends before he gave him a conditional discharge.

Mr Tokunbo added: “You don’t need a conviction recorded against you. It follows you for the rest of your life. This is a chance for you to put this behind you, as you said, and keep your clean character.”

He told Winters that his conditional discharge would include supervision, community service and a curfew.

Adonai was also handed a 12-month conditional discharge, which Mr Tokunbo said would run consecutively with a previous conditional discharge.

Mr Tokunbo warned Adonai that he was “flirting with prison” and that he must comply with the conditions of the order or find himself back in court and possibly behind bars.

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