From the Courts
August 21, 2009
Cat Burglar sentenced to one year in prison

Ezekiel Crook surely lived up to his surname at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Monday, August 17.{{more}}

The dishonest man of Arnos Vale pleaded guilty to stealing a quantity of items from the home of Michelle Walker on August 11. He was sentenced to one year imprisonment by Senior Magistrate Donald Browne.

The 24-year-old Mini-bus conductor broke into Walker’s house at Arnos Vale on August 11 at about 5:50 a.m. While she was in the kitchen preparing breakfast, Walker heard a noise coming from one of the bedrooms. She called out but no one answered.

She walked to the bedroom and saw a man dressed in black hooded sweater and a pair of black pants. She screamed out and Crook ran into the living room and escaped through the front door. Crook managed to get off with two handbags, a cellular phone and EC$900. The police were called in and Crook was subsequently arrested.

Before he could even be sentenced, Crook begged the magistrate to give him time to pay for the items. “You will not be conducting on vans for a while for sure…You don’t intend to work for a decent living and I have to protect these people,” the Senior Magistrate scolded.

“This is how criminals dress when they are going to commit their crimes. You should be ashamed of yourself, dressing up like a dirty criminal and scaring the life out the woman, you cat burglar,” Browne said