Belize City, Friday July 22, 2016
A homeless Belize City senior citizen was sentenced to the Belize Central Prison where he will spend the next 5 years for entering and burglarizing the Mercy Kitchen.
60 year old Codrington Carter knew the Mercy Kitchen had food because it is a place where he has been getting meals from time to time for the past year or so. But on Wednesday, July 20, Carter went to Mercy Kitchen after the regular hours and helped himself to food without getting permission. Carter set off the alarm system which alerted police that someone had gained entry.
On Friday, July 22nd
morning, Carter appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser and pleaded guilty to one count of burglary.
Carter had entered Mercy Kitchen, located at 1955 Mercy Lane in Belize City and damaged a pro-visual camera valued at $350, a T-home brand lock valued $31.50, a sofa, a mesh screen valued $25.00, which is property of Alexandrina Perdomo, the Manager of Mercy Kitchen.
Perdomo reported to police that around 4:00 p.m. on July 20 she locked up Mercy Kitchen and set the alarm. At 2:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, while at home, she received a call from security firm, KBH, alerting her that someone was breaking into the Mercy Kitchen.
Perdomo rushed over to Mercy Kitchen where she met the police along with a man they had detained. She identified the man as Carter, someone who has been frequenting Mercy Kitchen for a year.
Perdomo noticed that the intruder had caused damages and she requested court action, so police charged Carter with burglary.
In court, Carter said, “I was hungry and I gaan in there to eat some food. When the officers came into the place, I was having curry chicken and a bowl of cool aid”
“All I wanted to do was eat some food,”
He begged the court to show him mercy.
But while she wanted to show some mercy, the Senior Magistrate, said that by law the offense of burglary carries a minimum of 5 years that could extend to as much as 10 years in prison.
The best she could do is to impose the minimum sentence of 5 years.
Carter was concerned about his medical condition and whether or not he will get the help he needs for it behind bars.
Magistrate Fraser assured him that there is a system in place at the prison that would assist him.