No bail for teen accused of breaking into 12 homes

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

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