“Family don’t get time with me” – teen begs for another chance, jailed for 15 months
It is his third time before the court having been convicted twice before but 19-year-old Shaquille Mentore says he will become a better person if he is given another chance.
He appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court Monday where he admitted to simple larceny after snatching Nicholas Gangaram’s $140,000 cell phone on January 17, 2019, at Croal Street, Georgetown.
He begged the Magistrate for two months imprisonment but was instead handed a 15-month jail sentence.
The teenager of Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, was recently released from prison; he told the Court that he wanted a bicycle but his aunt refused to buy it for him and so he decided to steal.
“I lil disgusting and my family don’t get time with me…If you give me another chance, I will become a better person,” the young man told the Magistrate.
However, Magister Isaacs-Marcus made it clear that it is his third time before the court which indicates that he has not improved as a person.
“Don’t come back before me,” the Magistrate warned Montore as he exited the courtroom in shackles.
A probation report, which was read in court, highlighted that Mentore severed an eight-month and six-month prison sentence previously.
Prosecutor Addoni Inniss informed the Magistrate that in relation to this offense, the victim was walking to the bus park and was about to answer his phone when Mentore snatched it and ran away.
The victim raised an alarm and Mentore was captured by public-spirited citizens who found the cell phone hidden in his crotch.