Thief gets 18 months

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By RANDY BEN­NETT

“You grew up with a golden spoon, but let it turn to brass.”

With those words, Mag­is­trate Dou­glas Frederick sen­tenced Pa­trick Bruce De­silva to 18 months in prison yes­ter­day on a se­ries of theft and bur­glary charges.

The sen­tence was handed down af­ter the 54-year-old, of no fixed place of abode, pleaded guilty to five charges when he ap­peared in the Dis­trict “A” Mag­is­trates’ Court.

De­silva, who has 82 con­vic­tions, of which 62 are for dis­hon­esty, was only re­leased from HMP Dodds a few months ago af­ter serv­ing an 18-month sen­tence.

He ad­mit­ted that some­time be­tween De­cem­ber 23 and 24, he stole two gowns, a bib, a shirt, a table­cloth, a sash, a pair of em­blems, a dust­pan, one cloth, a search­light, a pair of slip­pers and $1.15 be­long­ing to Frederick Ge­orge. The to­tal value of the items was $102.15.

He also pleaded guilty to steal­ing one Bar­ba­dos driver’s li­cence be­long­ing to Glen King on De­cem­ber 24.

De­silva also stole five bot­tles of liquor worth $535.42, one bot­tle of rum punch val­ued at $120 and one cord­less drill worth $150 be­long­ing to Ben­jamin Read be­tween De­cem­ber 3 and 4.

On De­cem­ber 17 and 18, he stole three bot­tles of liquor val­ued $238.18 and one gal­lon bot­tle of rum punch worth $120, be­long­ing to Read, as well as one $200 cooler and one $100 tool set, also be­long­ing to Read on De­cem­ber 20. On those last two oc­ca­sions, De­silva en­tered Read’s cata­ma­ran Ocean Daze and stole the men­tioned items.

Mag­is­trate Frederick pointed out that none of Read’s prop­erty had been re­cov­ered and he told the many-time con­victed man that prison might be the best place for him.

“You are an in­tel­li­gent man but you have no con­fi­dence in your­self . . . you could have gone fur­ther,” the mag­is­trate said af­ter De­silva pointed out that he had 11 ‘O’ Level cer­tifi­cates and had held sev­eral high-pro­file jobs.

De­silva had also told the court that dur­ing his pre­vi­ous time in prison he had helped to ed­u­cate the in­mates.

“Your pur­pose may be in prison to tu­tor there, be­cause you can mo­ti­vate the in­mates, even though it is ap­par­ent you can­not mo­ti­vate your­self. I want to see you change your life around, but, more im­por­tantly, try to re­form your­self,” the mag­is­trate added.

De­silva had ear­lier apol­o­gised for his ac­tions, re­veal­ing that he had a drug prob­lem.

He said he had started with al­co­hol be­fore pro­gress­ing to mar­i­juana and co­caine. He said it had ru­ined his life and his re­la­tion­ship with his daugh­ter.

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