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Man awaits sentencing for crime spree

A Pembroke man has admitted a series of burglary and trespass offences in Hamilton.

Jason Liburd, 45, entered a Victoria Street company after it closed on June 3.

The owner went to the scene in the early hours of June 4 after being alerted that somebody was trespassing, and came face-to-face with the defendant.

Once Liburd had left, the owner found that six bottles of Gatorade, eight Bounty kitchen towels and a pack of Angel Soft toilet paper had gone missing.

On June 6 at 1.45am, CCTV operators spotted the defendant approach a Symax scooter on Reid Street, break its handlebar lock and begin pushing it through town.

Officers chased Liburd and managed to capture and restrain him. When asked for his name, he answered “Stephen” and said he was moving the bike for a friend. Shortly after, Liburd gave his real name. When asked why he had given a false identity, he told the officers: “You are a fake p****, you are all fake and you are a fake-a** black man.”

In Magistrates’ Court, answering the charge of using offensive words to a police officer, he said: “She [the officer] was being rude to me.”

Despite his guilty plea, Liburd said he was simply moving the bike, which sustained $1,093 in damage, for an unnamed friend.

On the night of June 10, Liburd entered the Child and Family Services offices on Victoria Street. The next day, staff discovered items had been disturbed.

Liburd was linked to the crime after fingerprints were taken. In court, he admitted trespassing but said he had gone in only to use the bathroom.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo ordered a Social Inquiry Report and adjourned sentencing until September 27. He released Liburd on $3,000 bail.

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