Youth gets six-month sentence for joyride

December 02, 2022

Leroy Stewart, the 20-year-old garage worker who crashed a BMW motor vehicle after taking it out for a joyride at 2 a.m., was sentenced on Thursday to six months' imprisonment at hard labour.

Stewart pleaded guilty to larceny of motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property on October 26 in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

"You affi go a prison for this one," Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque said, before passing judgment.

"I am sorry for my actions, Your Honour," Stewart said in his own plea mitigation.

It was reported that the complainant left the motor vehicle on the compound of a garage located on Maxfield Avenue to be repaired. Stewart gained access to the compound on September 29 at 2 a.m. and drove away the complainant's car. When signalled by the police to stop, he disobeyed and a chase subsequently ensued. Stewart, the court heard, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a wall.

When he was cautioned, he said, " Offica, me did just a drive weh because me nah nuh licence. Offisa, do weh yuh affi do because me shouldn't a drive round the car." He has not paid for the damages done to the vehicle, the court heard.

For the offence of malicious destruction, Stewart was sentenced to four months' imprisonment at hard labour and, for larceny of a motor vehicle, he was sentenced to six months' imprisonment at hard labour.

"I will take into account the time that you have spent in custody [and] the sentences are to run concurrently," the senior judge indicated.

Stewart has spent three months in custody, as he was arrested on the date of the incident.

- T.T.

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