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Jeremy Williams will spend eighteen months behind bars for burglarizing a car rental company and violating his two-year suspended sentence which was delivered last year by the court.
Yesterday, July 9, Senior Magistrate Valerie Stephens said she took into account that he pleaded guilty to burglary and has stated that he has changed his ways.
The Magistrate noted that he has five previous convictions for offences related to dishonesty. Stephens said that he also has a suspended sentence which was given in 2011 for 12 months in prison for a suspension of two years.
Williams was told that he was still within that two-year period when he committed the burglary act; hence, that 12 months sentence will be activated.
He was sentenced to six months for the burglary charge and the 12 months was activated, which means he will spend 18 months in prison.
It was the prosecution's case that sometime after 12:00 pm on May 20, 2011, the Office Manager of Courtesy Car Rental made a report to the Police. At the scene, officers met the Office Manager who stated that he secured the premises at 6:00 pm on May 19, 2011 and returned at 7:50 am May 20 and discovered that the glass section of the main entrance to the business was broken. The door was also damaged.
Investigations were conducted at the premises and a piece of paper that had blood on it was taken into Police custody. A check was made on the premises and the Manager indicated that nothing was missing.
Police investigations led to the defendant, who was cautioned and interviewed. Williams was also asked to volunteer a DNA sample for elimination purposes, to which he consented.
The DNA sample was sent to a lab in the US and the report was received on May 21, 2012. The report indicated that the sample from the paper matched the sample that was given by the defendant.