Hattieville Handyman serving 10 years for Attempted Burglary Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

Joel McGregor, a handyman of  Hattieville, is serving a 10-year sentence imposed on him after he was found guilty of attempted burglary and damage to property.  The sentence was handed down to McGregor on Friday, February 16, 2018 when he appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s court before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford.

The allegations made against McGregor are that on Thursday, February 15, 2018, he attempted to enter the home of Keisha Cole with the intent to steal. McGregor was additionally charged with one count of damage to property for causing damages to two of Cole’s aluminum louvers valued at $250.00.

In a police report, Cole reported that at 1:55 a.m. while she was home alone, she heard three loud bangs which sounded like it was coming from her bedroom. She pulled her curtain and saw that some of her louvers had been broken. She got up to look through the window and saw her neighbor, known to her as “Chonko”, standing in her yard.

In court, McGregor pleaded guilty to both charges and told the magistrate that all he wants is the opportunity to repay Cole. The magistrate explained that while the offense of damage to property can carry a fine, the offense of attempted burglary is just as if though it was a burglary, which carries an automatic prison term. He was sentenced to the minimum prison term of 10 years for attempted burglary and seven months for the damage to property, set to run concurrently.