Motor cycle thief jailed for two years


SENIOR Magistrate Alex Moore, presiding at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court imposed a two-year sentence on Anthony Patterson, who rode off with a motorcycle (CJ 907), which was parked outside a house at Tucber Park, New Amsterdam.

Demico Qik Serve employee, Amanda Gomes of 927 Fort Ordnance Housing Scheme, East Canje, had worked the afternoon shift at the New Amsterdam Branch, which ended at 23:00hrs. As a result, she decided not to ride home, but to stop and rest at her brother’s house at Tucber Park.

It was at daylight that she discovered that her bike valued $180,000 was missing. An alarm was raised and her brother Shawn Gomes ventured into Angoy’s Avenue, a squatting area on the eastern fringe of New Amsterdam, where he saw Patterson riding the motorcycle.
Gomes gave chase and the rider lost control, ending in a trench from where the bike was retrieved. A charge of simple larceny was instituted.

At his initial court appearance, Patterson had pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty after the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.