Teen accused of escaping Sandilands fined
A teenage boy who escaped from the detox unit of the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) last December was yesterday ordered to pay a $300 fine to avoid spending three months in prison.
Jonathan Major, 18, of South Beach, had been remanded to SRC by another magistrate, the court heard.
Major and two others escaped from the rehab center on December 15, 2018. He was captured on April 2, the day after he and two others stole a bag from a car.
Major and two boys, aged 17, were accused of stealing Bianca Nygard-Murray’s bag that contained a passport, lipstick, and $200.
Major pleaded guilty to the escape and theft charges when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans. One of the teens pleaded guilty to the theft from the car, while the other pleaded not guilty.
Major was fined on the escape charge and given a conditional discharge for the theft.
He was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. If he fails to meet these conditions, he will spend three months in prison if he doesn’t pay a $300 fine.
Vogt-Evans gave one teen a conditional discharge and will have to attend counseling classes.
Failing to complete the classes will result in a conviction and the teen will have to pay a $300 fine to avoid spending three months in prison.
The third teen goes to trial on May 13.
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