A CONSTRUCTION worker who was found without authorisation at a residential area on Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre compound pleaded guilty yesterday to being in enclosed premises for the unlawful purpose to steal.
Ruthven Clyne, 46, of Morvant, faced San Fernando Fourth Court Magistrate Indar Jagroo.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Chanardath Jhilmit said it was around midday on July 26 that estate constable Stacey Jacobs and another officer were on mobile patrol when she received information and went to a residential area located at an enclosed part of Petrotrin, Pointe-a-Pierre.
Jacobs asked Clyne his reason for being there and requested his Petrotrin pass.
Clyne told her: “I don’t have any pass, I just looking for a woman name Karen.”
Clyne was taken to Marabella Police Station, where he was charged.
He had been in custody since his arrest and yesterday changed the not guilty plea he entered at his first court appearance.
Defence attorney Annalee Girwar said her client was a construction worker who also occasionally engaged in transportation.
She said Clyne was apologetic and asked that the court be lenient with the father of three.
Clyne was said to have two previous convictions of a similar nature, but Jhilmit presented a criminal record which showed he had other matters.
Asked by Magistrate Jagroo why he was on Petrotrin’s compound, Clyne said he was attempting to get onto the Solomon Hochoy Highway to head to Port of Spain but his car had broken down.
Jagroo did not believe him and said it seemed that he was instead heading to Golden Grove Prison.
Jagroo placed Clyne on a $3,000 bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for a year.
In default he will return to court to be sentenced.