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Burglar is set free in unsafe conviction Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:00

Roger Bradley, previously convicted for several crimes of dishonesty, is a free man despite being convicted of a home burglary which occurred in 2014.

On March 25, 2014, Bradley was convicted of burglarizing the home of Launa Sosa located on Freetown Road where he stole 2 leapfrog games valued at $916 along with 3 cartridges. Bradley was caught red handed inside Sosa’s home by the babysitter, Maria Williams, who testified in the trial.

She testified that she was at her workplace when she heard a knock at the door. She initially ignored the knocks but the dogs started barking and that was when she saw a shadow in the house. She looked and came to see Bradley, the burglar.

Bradley ran through the door and she set chase behind him after he ran into the street. She caught up to him where they had a struggle over the bag he had just stolen. Bradley told her that a little boy had just given him the bag. Another struggle over the bag ensued and he then ran off again. She set chase behind him into Kelly Street where a passerby held on to Bradley. They managed to subdue him when an officer called on the radio for the help of the mobile unit to escort him into custody.

According to Justice Denis Hanomansingh, the conviction against Bradley was not a safe one. There was never an identification parade held since Williams did not know the burglar prior to that day. There was also worry of prejudice since PC Middleton said that he knew Bradley for 8 years from when he was in prison. The serial numbers of the items that were claimed to have been stolen were never noted in the evidence.

On those grounds, the Justice set Bradley free. Bradley had already served 3 years and 2 months of his 7 year sentence.