Drug addict Philmore ?Amin? George landed himself in Her Majesty?s Prison after he was caught on tape stealing. The offense was a breach of the terms and conditions under which he was released on his own recognizance for another larceny charge several months ago.
George, who appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Keith Thom on Friday, was charged with larceny months ago and had pleaded guilty when he appeared in court. He had begged the court?s mercy, claiming he was hooked on drugs and badly needed to get professional help in order to get his life on track.
He was placed in Crossroads rehabilitation centre to be treated for his drug addiction.
Magistrate Thom had ordered George to stay out of trouble and complete his rehabilitation programme. He had explained that should George breach the order by committing any other crime, he would be convicted for the previous offence.
George, of Ovals, breached that order on August 10 by stealing from a Market Street business place. He pleaded guilty on Friday. As a result, he was sentenced to six months on the previous offence and an additional six months for the recent crime. The sentences are to run consecutively.
Magistrate Thom expressed great dissatisfaction over George?s latest infraction. He said he was receiving monthly updates on George?s condition and response to treatment and those reports were good.
George, who had been transferred to another centre for drug addicts, had progressed to a point he was trusted to go obtain his medication. However, when he left the institution for the drugs, he never returned.
It is alleged that last Monday, at approximately 5 pm, George went into a general store, picked up three bottles of perfume, valuing a total of $225, and walked past the cashier, out the door.
This went unnoticed until the following day when the businessman was reviewing security tapes and saw what happened. Coincidentally, the accused returned to the store that day and as he was walking through the aisle again, the proprietor saw him and detained him until the police arrived. The thief was taken to St John?s Police Station, where he was arrested and charged.
George is known to the court for crimes of larceny, building breaking and drug possession.