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Man jailed for stealing equipment from Petrotrin

...had ‘vision of sugar plums’

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

ABRAHAM SEERAJ was yesterday sentenced to a year in jail for stealing more than $200,000 worth in equipment from State-owned Petrotrin.

Seeraj, a welder and fabricator, admitted to breaking and entering the company’s compound with others and stealing $264,420 in items, including tubing, brass plates and computers on October 12, 2012.

Defence attorney Ainsley Lucky said his client “fell prey to the urgings of his confederates” and his “visions of sugar plums” led to him being involved in the crime. All of the stolen items were recovered.

Lucky said that credit should be given to the father of three for entering a guilty plea last October as it saved judicial time. But Lucky said it had taken 14 months before sentence could be passed on Seeraj after his case file could not be located.

He said Seeraj, 29 , who is serving a four-year term for robbery and possession of ammunition and marijuana, had also been brought from the prison on three consecutive working days—since last Friday—to have the magistrate deal with his matter.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington, presiding in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court, took into consideration the 14 months Seeraj had been in custody waiting on the completion of the case, and sentenced him to 12 months in prison.

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