A Mayo teenager, accused of breaking into 12 homes during a two-month period has been denied bail.
Brandon Thompson, who turned 18 in April was arrested on Saturday and charged with ten offences of housebreaking and larceny, two house breaking with intent, resisting arrest and escaping lawful custody.
When Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine read the 14 charges to him in the San Fernando First Court, Thompson initially pleaded guilty to 11 of the house breaking charges.
He pleaded not guilty to three charges, a housebreaking and larceny where it is alleged he stole a deed and birth certificate, resisting arrest and escaping lawful custody charges.
It is alleged that he broke into the houses in the Gasparillo area, including Housa Trace, Lightbourne, Caratal Village and Cotton Hill, Mayo between August and October, stealing cash, jewellery, documents and electronic items, amounting to almost $200,000.
It is further alleged that on Saturday he resisted when the police attempted to arrest him and escaped into some nearby bushes.
Police also alleged that his fingerprints were found at the majority of the houses he allegedly broke into. Thompson was charged by PC Leelum, PC Castillo, PC Sotio, WPC Jardine, PC Ramcharan, PC Bhairosingh and PC Noel of the Gasparillo Police Station.
Court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan read the facts in the matters to which he pleaded guilty and Thompson admitted the facts.
But when the magistrate asked him why he broke into the houses he smiled. Thompson then denied breaking into some of the homes.
The magistrate subsequently entered a not guilty plea in all of the charges. The teenager who did not have an attorney, said he lived with his mother, was unemployed and served three years previously at the Youth Training Centre for house breaking and larceny.
He also has a pending matter at the Children’s Court in Fyzabad where he had appeared in March when he was then 17-years-old. The magistrate denied him bail because of the quantum of charges and transferred the matter to the Fifth Court for November 13.
- by Sascha Wilson