Repeat offender sentenced despite plea for leniency

first_img Tweet Court gavel.Thirty one year old Morris “Kruger” McDowell of River Street seems to have a difficult time staying out of trouble.During his arraignment on 10th September, 2012 he pleaded guilty to wounding Joan James of Hanover Street and theft of two Nokia cell phones valued at $379.00.It is the prosecution’s contention that on 9th September, 2012 at River Street, about 6:10 a.m. James noticed that her bedroom door which she had left opened was closed, which raised her curiosity.She proceeded to open the door, entered the room and saw McDowell standing by her bed armed with a knife.At the time, the defendant’s lower face, from nose down was covered with a red scarf to disguise himself.James then shouted “how you get there?” which prompted the defendant to hold her in her neck, while she screamed for help.In the struggle he inflicted an injury to James’s nose with the knife he was carrying and escaped.It was after the defendant left, that James noticed that her cell phones were missing and a report was made to police.When he was met by police and cautioned he replied “I doh know nothing about that, I just get up, since last night I go and sleep”.A search of his premises however revealed the scarf and cell phones which were identified by James.He then admitted that he was indeed in James’ home and stole the phones offering an apology “Miss James I sorry. I was hungry because I was smoking all night. I see the window open in your house so I come to see what I get,” McDowell said.During mitigation, he begged chief magistrate Evelina Baptiste to be lenient in her sentencing.“Seeing I was under the influence of alcohol, in sentencing have mercy on me. I have a baby on the way and want to be there for that and I wasn’t to say sorry to miss James”.However his pleas of leniency seemed to have fallen on death ears.“Every time I turn around, I seeing you in that box. It looks like you need help. You have a number of previous offences ranging from vagrancy, theft and burglary. Being drunk is not a defense,” the magistrate admonished.McDowell was sentenced to a jail term of 1 year 6 months for theft and 10 months for wounding, to run concurrently.Dominica Vibes News Share Share LocalNews Repeat offender sentenced despite plea for leniency by: – September 11, 2012center_img 40 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img