Kyle Richards, a 25-year-old secondary school dropout, will spend the next three months doing community service at the craft centre in Frenches.
Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett made the order at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, after Richards pleaded guilty to entering the Craft Centre at Frenches, between 11 and 14 February, and stealing a shell gas bottle, gas head and hose, belonging to Nkuru Dyer, an art and craft teacher with the Adult Education Department who is based at the Craft Centre in Frenches.
The Senior Magistrate’s decision came after speaking to Dyer, who was asked to take the stand.
Burnett then told Richards, “You will report to the head of that facility, and he will tell you on what days you can come, and that work would be without pay. If you fail to go, the report will come to me, and you will go to prison for three months.”
The Redemption Sharpes youngster, was also bonded for one year in the sum of $3,000, with an alternative of 12 months behind bars.
Richards had told the court earlier, that he attended the Bethel High School but dropped out at Form 3, sometime between 2012 and 2013, and that he was unemployed.
The Magistrate inquired about why he dropped out of school, to which Richards response was that his mother was overseas, and his father, who is here, was not helping him financially.
“After you dropped out of school, what did you do?” the Magistrate asked.
“I use to sell little weed and ting,” Richards replied, and added, “I does be running from gang members.”
The Magistrate asked if he was associated with a gang. Richards said no realted that some of his friends were killed and he feared for his life.
When Burnett asked Dyer if he knew the defendant, he said he did not know him personally, but had seen him on the compound of the craft centre before, and that the youngster seemed to be having some issues.
Dyer asked the court to structure its sentence in such a way to have Richards perform some form of community service, instead of sending him to prison.
Dyer also thanked the police for their quick action, and professionalism in handling the matter.
Richards told the court he wanted a gas bottle, and when he pushed the door he discovered it open, and saw the gas bottle inside the building.
“It’s not your door,” the Magistrate told him.
Burnett pointed out that burglary is a very serious charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.
Richards has other matters before the court for which he is on bail.