A man who stole cash and shoes from a villa over four years ago is now a free man after a High Court judge determined that his time served on remand was sufficient to atone for his crimes.
Jason Henry was on remand at Bordelais Correctional Facility since December 2008 – for four years and five months — when he was charged with robbery.
According to court records, on December 22, 2008, the complainant, Mathew Pissaro occupied a villa at the Marigot Villas in Marigot, Castries. At about 11:30 pm, he attended a barbeque with his family. Whilst there, he left his wallet containing US$600 and EC$500 in his bedroom, along with a pair of Sebago shoes. At about 7 am the following day, he realised that the shoe was missing, and the wallet was missing the cash.
Pissaro reported the incident to villa management who called the police.
The police reviewed tapes from CCTV cameras and noticed a suspect, who was later identified as Henry.
When arrested, Henry confessed to the robbery and returned the Sebago shoes. He has been on remand since then.
On Thursday, Justice Francis Cumberbatch accepted a guilty plea and expedited the matter by sentencing Henry to time served for the offence.
Henry, whose last known offence was a suspended sentence in 2007, walked out of the High Court a free man within minutes of his matter being called.
The Crown had no objection to the matter being discharged.