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Man imprisoned for violating probation

A 20-year-old man involved in a “crime spree” was jailed for two years after breaching his probation order.

Tyrone Pedro, of Fork Lane, Southampton, could be heard shouting loudly as he was taken into custody following an appearance before Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo.

Pedro was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for three years on condition of probation, in September, after being convicted of receiving stolen goods.

He was charged jointly with Shannon Wilkinson, 22, on a number of counts related to burglaries in several parishes across the Island and pleaded guilty to seven offences.

His suspended jail term was activated after Magistrates' Court heard he failed to comply with the terms of the probation.

Probation officer Mia Black said he had not reported to her since October and when she had seen him at her father's garage, he seemed intoxicated and was with others known to the courts, including Roger Lightbourne Jr, in violation of the terms of his probation.

Unemployed Pedro, who was represented by Larry Mussenden, told the court: “I'm very serious about my probation order. Ms Black has not made herself as available to me as she has reported. I'm really trying to work hard to work with probation.”

But Mr Tokunbo said: “I think you have got it backwards. You know what you are doing. You are just clearly not ready to take advantage of the opportunities that have been given to you. You are wasting resources. You have had conditional discharges before.”

He revoked two probation orders and told Pedro he was jailing him instead, with 12 months probation upon his release from prison. He gave him two-year sentences for each of the seven counts of receiving stolen goods, to run concurrently.

“This was a crime spree that you were, in effect, connected with,” said Mr Tokunbo. “It caused a lot of damage to people and their property.

“I'm not confident that any award to be made for reparation, that you would comply with it. You are still on the run. You haven't quite decided yet to keep away from the courts, to comply with orders that have been given to you.”

The magistrate said time Pedro spent in custody between July 20 and September 3 last year would be taken into account.

Wilkinson, of Palm Valley, Southampton, also appeared in court and Mr Tokunbo told him: “That sends a message to you, Mr Wilkinson, today. Get the monkey off your back.”

He said Wilkinson's probation report was good and made no further orders in relation to him.

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Published March 07, 2011 at 9:01 am (Updated March 07, 2011 at 9:01 am)

Man imprisoned for violating probation

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