A 28-year-old Grand Bahama man pleaded guilty in front of three different magistrates in Freeport yesterday on multiple charges of theft from employers and could face up to six and half years in prison.
Jhatorae Roberts, 28, of Tamarind Street, Freeport, appeared before Magistrate Rengin Johnson in Court 3 on the charge of stealing by reason of service. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) in New Providence. On completion he is to receive one year of counselling at the Department of Social Services, or in default an additional one year.
He was also arraigned before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Court 2 on two counts of stealing by reason of service. He pleaded guilty and was ordered to compensate the complainants by 4pm yesterday. Failure to do so would result in him serving 18 months at the BDCS.
Further, he was arraigned before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in Court 1 on three counts of stealing by reason of service. He pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay $200 compensation or serve six months at the BDCS on the first count, $5,000 compensation or two years in prison on the second count and $1,900 compensation or 18 months in jail on the third count. All sentences to run consecutively.