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Heroin addict gets three years for string of offences

A heroin addict was yesterday sentenced to three years in prison after admitting a string of dishonesty offences.

The court heard that Jamel Jaki Nisbett, 30, had been sentenced to two years in prison for similar offences last August but was released on probation on February 1 — despite the advice of reports.

Nisbett, from Sandys, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods, creating false instruments, specifically forged cheques, and using the forged cheques.

He also asked the court to take into account 17 other offences including forgery, using false instruments and obtaining property by deception. However he pleaded not guilty to several counts of burglary and theft, which were not pursued by prosecutors.

Crown counsel Garrett Byrne told the court that in May an HSBC debit card was stolen from the home of Fredrick Maybury in Sandys.

And in a separate incident, a number of items including a chequebook belonging to Robert Fowle was stolen from a Beacon Hill residence.

On May 6 and May 28, Nisbett was recorded at HSBC’s Harbourview branch on CCTV depositing forged cheques from Mr Fowle’s account into Mr Maybury’s debit card account.

On the first occasion, the cheque was made out for $1,766, while on the second occasion the sum was $8,700. The court heard Nisbett then used the debit card to make a series of unauthorised purchases and withdrawals.

Nisbett was arrested at his home, and a search of the property revealed the stolen debit card. While he admitted possessing the stolen items, he denied any part in the burglaries, claiming he found the card on the street in a sleeve with the PIN number written on it.

He admitted using the stolen card and cheques, to purchase three cell phones, food and heroin.

After Nesbitt pleaded guilty, the court heard he has a long history of dishonesty offences.

On April 1, 2011, he was sentenced to three years probation for similar offences. He appeared in court on August 1, 2012 in breach of that parole and sentenced to two years in prison for further dishonesty offences.

The court heard that last November, a report found that Nisbett was not suitable for release and he had refused residential treatment. Despite the report, he was paroled in February. He subsequently stopped reporting to his parole officer in May.

Nisbett said he recognises he has a problem with drugs and dishonesty offences and needs treatment.

“Westgate doesn’t have a drug treatment programme, contrary to popular belief,” Nisbett said.

He admitted declining the offer of residential treatment, but described his release from prison as “half-cocked”, saying: “It was like releasing a patient that is not fully cured.”

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner replied: “I agree with you, you shouldn’t have been released. I empathise with you on that point, but nothing else. The parole board shouldn’t have released you.”

Mr Warner sentenced Nisbett to three years’ imprisonment to be followed by two years’ probation, and ordered that the sentence be consecutive to any time sentenced due to his breach of probation.

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Published June 27, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 27, 2013 at 12:21 am)

Heroin addict gets three years for string of offences

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