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Guest house trespasser is jailed for a year

A repeat offender caught trespassing in a St George’s guest house has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Tyevon Bean, 22, of St George’s, was caught by guests when they returned to the cottage at 2pm on December 28.

Magistrates’ Court heard that the visitors found the room in disarray and a laptop had been placed in a bag.

Bean was arrested, and charged earlier this year with trespassing and stealing a banana.

Yesterday, the court heard he has multiple convictions dating back to 2007, including sexual assault and robbery. At the time of the most recent offence, he was on probation for stealing.

Speaking on is own behalf, Bean told the court that he had been studying at Hull College in the UK, but returned to the Island to help financially support his girlfriend.

He said he had since been made aware he was on probation at the time of the offence.

“They should get in contact with me if I’m on probation,” he complained.

Bean asked for lenience so that he could return to school, but Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner quoted a social inquiry report as saying that he is unsuitable for a community-based sentence.

According to the report, Bean suffers from drug-induced psychosis and is at risk of developing schizophrenia but has been reluctant to give up cannabis or subject himself to treatment.

“He needs treatment, but there is the additional aspect that is that he refuses treatment that has been ordered,” Mr Warner said.

The magistrate referred to Bean’s previous offences as “atrocious.”

He sentenced Bean to one year in prison and ordered him to undergo psychological and psychiatric treatment. The sentence is to be followed by two years’ probation.

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Published February 27, 2012 at 9:03 am (Updated February 27, 2012 at 9:03 am)

Guest house trespasser is jailed for a year

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