Young vendor who stole $6.5M from friend to spend 56 months in jail

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Convict Sunail Sumra

TWENTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD vendor, Sunail Sumra of Lot 69 Robb Street, Bourda was yesterday convicted on a break-and-enter and larceny charge by Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman, and was sentenced to 56 months’ imprisonment. Particulars of the charge against Sumra are that on November 26, at Lot 79 Da Silva Street, Newtown Kitty, he broke and entered the dwelling house of Dexter John and stole a quantity of gold jewellery, a quantity of raw gold, and $65,000 cash, together valued at more than $6.5M. Sumra was represented by attorney-at-law, Mr. Trenton Lake, who managed to secure $650,000 High Court bail for his client. Among the many considerations which Magistrate Latchman factored into her decision before handing down the sentence was the breach of trust, since the victim and the prisoner were friends. The organised manner of entering the house, the taking of the items, the prevalence of the offence, the need to prohibit others from contemplating the commission of a similar offence, and the need to prohibit the defendant from committing the said offence were also all factored into the magistrate’s decision. Moreover, she referred to the biblical admonition “Thou shalt not steal” which she said is one of God’s commandments which Sumra had broken. Sumra was prosecuted by police officer, Joel Ricknauth.