A mason was on Friday sentenced to community service when he made his appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with two counts of break and enter.
Winston Marks, 25, of Lot 21 D Field, Sophia, Georgetown, pleaded guilty with explanation to the charges which read that between March 8 and 9, 2016, at Durban Backlands, Georgetown, he broke and entered the storeroom of Rangochand Orrow and stole one Sthil chainsaw property of Orrow. It is also alleged that between February 13 and 15, 2016, at the same location, he stole another chainsaw valued $150,000, also property of Orrow. Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones told the Court that the defendant was employed by Orrow, the virtual complainant (VC). On the days in question, the VC secured his storeroom with the items inside.
The defendant broke and entered the storeroom through a window and stole the items on both occasions. The matter was reported to police and an investigation carried out.
The defendant was subsequently arrested and he led Police to the items.
The defendant when given the opportunity to explain to the court said he had been working for the VC for five to 6 months and was told that he would be paid $4000 per day but was being given $3000.
He said the VC refused to pay him the money owed and as such he seized the items.
Magistrate McLennan told the defendant that he does not have the authority to take the law into his own hands and should have reported the matter to the Labour Ministry.
On the first charged he was reprimanded and the charge was dismissed.
One the second charge, he was sentenced to four weeks of community service or a default of four weeks imprisonment.