Homeless thief sentenced to six months, rehab for drug addiction

One way to measure one dangerous drug is when they trigger people to do things that can put them in danger. So many people are willing to go the extra mile- to kill or to steal just to buy drugs. It is so sad that they are willing to put themselves and the lives of others in danger just for the substance. This is exactly what happened to a man in Road Town.

drug_addiction_rehabA man of no known place of abode was sentenced to six months at Her Majesty’s Prison after he stole a quantity of cash and other valuables from an unlocked car in Road Town. Marvin Gumbs pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Wednesday. The court heard that on September 13, Gumbs stole $1,000 Jamaican currency, a Samsung tablet, and $970 United States currency from a parked vehicle in the vicinity of Scotiabank. The owner had closed the vehicle but left it unlocked to run an errand.

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The court heard that Gumbs discarded the Jamaican currency in a garbage bin and used the US dollars to buy crack/cocaine and food.

He also attempted to sell the tablet to a man who recognized the owner of the tablet from a portrait on the screen.

The man then confiscated the tablet and returned it to the rightful owner.

Gumbs was later arrested and charged.

Breached of bond agreement

Magistrate Innocent reminded Gumbs that he had pledged to keep the peace for two years when he was before the court for a previous offence.

His latest crime is considered to be a breach of that agreement so Magistrate Innocent forfeited the bond and sentenced Gumbs to another six months in prison.

His sentences are, however, to run concurrently (at the same time). This effectively means Gumbs will only serve a total of six months in prison.


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