‘Prolific breaker and receiver’ gets one year in prison
A man described as a “prolific breaker and receiver” was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment following a guilty plea on a charge of handling a wrist watch valued at $150.
Kimlo Webb, 44, of Pembroke, appeared before Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner yesterday for sentencing for the offence that occurred between February 20 and 28.
Lawyer Kamal Worrell, while mitigating sentence noted his client’s early guilty plea and the fact that the item handled was worth only $150; it was also returned to the owner.
He asked for a sentence at the lower end of the scale and said the time already spent in custody “was more than sufficient”.
Mr Worrell asked Mr Warner to “have regard” for his client’s long history of substance abuse. “He admits that he has been somewhat of a troubled soul for the better part of his life and he is a father who hopes to be a better father and son,” he said.
Mr Warner told the lawyer that he must consider the deterrent factor. “Mr Webb is a prolific breaker and receiver and I take the view that there is little distinction between the two.
“If there were no receivers there would be no breakers and his criminal record is significant,” he said.
Mr Worrell argued that it was “a minor offence in the whole scheme of Mr Webb’s history”.
“Clearly it was the result of substance abuse and he wouldn’t be a breaker if there was no addiction; this man needs help,” he said.
“Notwithstanding his history of offences this one was very minor compared to his history and the time he has spent in custody is significant.
“He has spent two months going into three months for a crime involving property valued at $150,” he added.
Mr Warner noted that as far back as 2003 the defendant was sentenced to three years for another offence with drug counselling while incarcerated and while on probation.
“The only mitigating factor in this case is his early guilty plea for which he is entitled to a discounted sentence. But there is a need for deterrence and clearly the need to deter this type of offence from happening again,” he said.
The defendant was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment to be followed by two years’ probation with rehabilitative programmes at the discretion of Court Services.
When asked about the time spent in custody, Mr Warner replied: “I said the 12-month sentence starts from today.”
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