MONDAY, JULY 2: A judge today encouraged a prolific house burglar to give up the profession and called him the “the worst burglar in Bermuda”.
Winslow “Scaley” Williams, 45, was jailed for four years today for breaking into two homes in 2009.
The charges were laid out in Magistrates’ Court, but Williams was committed to Supreme Court for sentencing.
He has convictions dating back 30 years and is currently serving three-years for prowling.
Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves suggested Williams take up fishing and give up burglary.
“You must consider yourself the worst burglar in Bermuda.
“Not because you have done so many of them, but because you are so unsuccessful.
“You keep getting caught in the most comical ways, red handed.
“The writing is clearly on the wall.
“You should give up your profession.”
The court heard in the first case, the complainant Bernell Richardson left his Arlington Drive, Smith’s home at 7am on April 8, 2009 and returned at 9:40am to find a pair of grey boots on the floor.
He realised someone was in the home.
Mr Richardson saw a male behind a wall in the kitchen and recognised him as Williams as he tried to cover his head with a hood.
The court heard the complainant followed him through the apartment asking why he was there.
Mr Richardson eventually started to chase Williams who then jumped over a wall and onto a bike.
He called police and noticed an $80 pair of black sneakers had been stolen.
Williams had denied this charge and was convicted after a trial in Magistrates’ Court.
In the second incident, the complainant was Elisha Bean who left her Loyalty Estates, Sandy’s home at 8:15am on April 28, 2009.
The court heard when she returned home at 7pm, she saw loose coins all over the kitchen floor.
Ms Bean also saw her coin jar on top of the fridge containing $300 in coins had been taken.
She then called her live-in boyfriend to ask if he had taken the jar and when he said no, she contacted police.
Other items taken from the home included a $70 backpack, $7,000 in US currency and a pedal bike worth $500.
Police came to investigate and fingerprints were taken from the kitchen door.
The fingerprints matched Williams’s in the police database.
He had pleaded guilty to these offences.
Sentencing him, Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves gave Williams four years for each offence to run concurrent, but consecutive to his three-year prison term that he is serving.