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Rockies resident jailed for stealing camera from Chief Medical Officer

Rockies resident jailed for stealing camera from Chief Medical Officer


Levi Roberts said he went into the office of Chief Medical Officer Dr Simone Keizer-Beache and stole her camera, because he could not get a job.{{more}}

The Rockies resident appeared at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to stealing a camera and the camera’s case from Keizer-Beache, on November 28.

Magistrate Carla James sentenced Roberts to three months in jail.

According to the facts, Roberts went to the offices of the Ministry of Health, located in the Postal Corporation building on Halifax Street, and asked a junior clerk to see Minister of Health Clayton Burgin.

The junior clerk left her desk and upon her return, she saw Roberts in Keizer-Beache’s office removing the items from her bag, which was on a chair behind her desk.

At the time, Keizer-Beache was attending a meeting in another part of the building.

The clerk then informed two of her co-workers what had taken place and they pursued Roberts, who had already fled the building.

The men chased Roberts all the way to the central market, where he was caught and taken to the Central Police Station.

When questioned by police, Roberts said he was frustrated because nobody was giving him a job.

In court, Roberts explained that he did not usually commit such acts.

“This kinda stuff is not my stuff. I been ‘pon the street since the age of eight. I go jail fo’ 15 years and after I been come out, ah woman tell me [to] go by the Prime Minister fo’ ah wuk…,” Roberts told the magistrate.

He further told the court that he did not intend to sell the camera and that he was not accustomed to going into government buildings.

In September 2013, Roberts was sentenced to one year in prison after he pleaded guilty to breaking and entering the offices of the Unity Labour Party (ULP) at Murray’s Road.(KW)