Magistrate hands down ‘short, sharp shock’ to teenager
A teenager charged with attempted unlawful entry of a home has been convicted in Magistrates' Court.
Tahj Robinson, of Spice Hill, Warwick, was sentenced to time already served by Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner for the November 12 offence.
Mr Warner told him yesterday: “I hope you will consider your time in custody as what would have been referred to as a short, sharp shock.”
Robinson, who had been in custody since November 15, denied the charge throughout his trial but was found guilty by Mr Warner. Brothers Sergio and Lorenzo Lottimore were playing video games around 10am on November 12 when they reported seeing a man outside their Rocklands Estate, Warwick home.
Reviewing their testimony, Mr Warner said: “They were suspicious of this man who had walked up to the door of their house. As part of this suspicion, they retreated further into separate bedrooms.”
The brothers said they heard someone attempting to gain entry and gave evidence that they saw the same man pass a window and go further onto the property. After a chase, the brothers caught Robinson near the entrance of the estate. He was then arrested and charged. Mr Warner also reviewed testimony by arresting officer Acting Sgt Travel Brown who testified that Robinson said while under caution at Somerset Police Station: “I was attempting to break into the house.”
Robinson said he attended a party at Rocklands Estate on the night of November 1 and was chatting to a girl whom he then walked home on the same estate.
He claimed his reason for being near the Lottimore residence on the morning of November 12 was to find the girl's house again and speak to her.
Robinson said he was walking away when he looked back and saw a man running after him with a machete, which was his reason for running. Mr Warner said he accepted the Lottimore brothers' version of events, plus that of Acting Sgt Brown.
Larry Mussenden, mitigating, pointed out his client had no previous convictions and that there was no loss of property.
“On a scale of seriousness, this is perhaps as low as it gets.”
Asked if he had anything to say, Robinson replied: “I'd like to apologise to the court, to my family, and all I want to say is I had no reason to want to do a burglary. I've got to support family and I've been accepted into school in England.”