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Drunk CEPEP worker fined $3,500 for break-in

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

A LABOURER who was found by police officers under the bed of a stranger's house, after he drank a bottle of rum, was yesterday ordered to pay thousands in a fine.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington was told that at around 1 p.m last Wednesday, officers at the Marabella Police Station received a report of a house break-in in progress in Pointe-a-Pierre.

They went to the home and saw several louvre panes had been removed from a window. Inside, they found a ransacked room and Satnarine Mungroo hiding under a bed. Asked if he had permission to be in the house, Mungroo said he did not.

"Boss, I drink some rum and I come to take a sleep," he told the officers.

Nothing was missing and Mungroo was charged with housebreaking with intent.

Defence attorney Annalee Girwar said Mungroo, 48, of Claxton Bay, was an alcoholic. She said he drank a bottle of vodka before the incident and it was out of his character to enter a stranger's house.

The attorney said Mungroo told her he had problems sleeping and had gone into the house which was near an area he had recently worked. She said he got frightened and sobered up after he heard the police siren.

But Wellington, presiding in the San Fernando First Magistrates' Court, said Mungroo had to be lucid to be able to remove the window panes and crawl into the house. He fined the Community-Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) worker $3,500. In default, he will serve six months in prison.

A total of $2,000 had to be paid forthwith, and Mungroo has ten days to pay the balance of the fine.

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