Vivian Chin aka “Chin Chin” who was brought before the Georgetown Magistrate court on Monday for stealing from an abandoned building has been sentenced to almost three years in prison for his crime.
On Monday, Chin told the court that he was “homeless” and he took the items from the abandoned building so as to use them.
Magistrate Bertie Pompey remanded the defendant to prison until his sentencing on Thursday.
Chin pleaded guilty to a charge that between Dec. 1, 2023 and Jan. 25, 2024, at Langley Park, he entered the dwelling house of Eluterious Sam, of Langley Park, as a trespasser and stole a three-seater chair, valued at EC$1,000; one wooden bed frame, valued at EC$900; one green and white area rug, valued at EC$500; two metal pots, valued at EC$550 and a quantity of clothing including pants shirts, towels and sheets; valued at EC$1,000, total value EC$ 4,550, Sam’s property.
On Thursday, Pompey, presiding at the Colonarie Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Georgetown, said that all but one of Chin’s convictions were offences of dishonesty.
In handing down his sentence, the magistrate noted the objectives of sentencing, namely, retribution, deterrence, prevention and rehabilitation.
He said Chin’s crime carries a maximum of 14 years in prison on indictment and seven years before a magistrate.
“It seems there is no possibility of, except there is a miracle, you can be reformed,” Pompey told the defendant. “It seems you can’t be redeemed anymore so I have to protect society from you. I have to deter you…”
Chin, who had tried to interrupt the magistrate several times, said:
“Your honour, when I come from jail last time, me whole place burn down, me nah get nothing. That’s why me bin haffu go in the abandoned place and tek the things dem. No fuh say me sell them. I begging you please, your honor”
“Begging finished. I heard you,” Pompey told the defendant.
The magistrate used a starting point of four years and discounted one-third for the early guilty plea leaving the defendant to serve two years and eight months in prison.
He informed Chin of his right to appeal the sentence.
He also ordered restitution of the items that were recovered