Young man re­cently re­leased from prison charged with steal­ing from 36 cars

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A trou­bled young man who has been re­cently re­leased out of prison has found him­self be­fore the courts charged with mul­ti­ple thefts from at least 36 dif­fer­ent cars.

22-year-old Sean Caru­ana from Paola was ar­raigned be­fore Mag­is­trate Francesco Depasquale ac­cused of steal­ing items and break­ing into 36 cars from var­i­ous lo­cal­i­ties. He was also charged with dam­ag­ing pri­vate prop­erty. The string of thefts oc­curred between Au­gust and Septem­ber this year in Marsa, Santa Ven­era, Ham­run and Pi­eta’ among others.

Caru­ana, who is un­em­ployed, has been re­cently re­leased out of jail af­ter serv­ing a 42-month prison sen­tence. The ac­cused was ar­rested and sen­tenced af­ter ad­mit­ting to break­ing into seven cars and for steal­ing from a school while he was on pro­ba­tion.

The ac­cused ad­mit­ted to “the bible of ac­cu­sa­tions”, as de­scribed by the mag­is­trate who then al­lowed Caru­ana to ex­plain why he had com­mit­ted so many thefts at such a young age. The ac­cused, with tears in his eyes, ex­pressed his frus­tra­tion at not be­ing able to find work or for not find­ing any help af­ter be­ing re­leased from prison.

“I was re­leased from prison and out on the street. I had no one to give me shel­ter or even food. I have no drug ad­dic­tion prob­lem, my only prob­lem is sim­ple food or shel­ter,” he said. The pros­e­cu­tion, led by In­spec­tor El­liot Ma­gro, said that prison of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to learn skills which could have helped him find a job once out­side.

Lawyer Noel Cu­ta­jar said that the court should reach a bal­ance between an apt pun­ish­ment and com­fort so that the young man is helped in rein­te­grat­ing in so­ci­ety.

The mag­is­trate noted the plea of the ac­cused, un­der­stand­ing that the man com­mit­ted these crimes as he had no shel­ter or means to sur­vive. How­ever, it also took into con­sid­er­a­tion the fact that the crimes com­mit­ted were not a few and that the court has an obli­ga­tion to­wards so­ci­ety to keep it safe. The court un­der­stands that at 22 years of age, the ac­cused has to be helped to in­te­grate in so­ci­ety and work once re­leased out of prison.

The court found the man guilty of all charges against him. Caru­ana was con­demned to three and half years in prison and or­dered the prison au­thor­i­ties to help this man how­ever they can so that he learns job skills so that he can rein­te­grate him­self in so­ci­ety.

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