A magistrate has directed that a convicted thief get help for his cocaine addiction while in custody.
Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt made the order in sentencing 55-year-old Hensley Pennerman to five months for a housebreaking and theft that occurred in February of this year.
Pennerman entered the home of Joan Foulkes on February 5 and stole a silver Apple laptop, valued at $1,000, and $121.
Foulkes reported the items missing after she realized an intruder had broken into her home through a kitchen window.
Police later linked Pennerman to the crimes through his fingerprints, the court heard.
When he pleaded guilty last week, Pennerman made an impassioned plea for help.
He insisted that he was not a bad person, but did “bad things” while under the influence of crack cocaine.
Pennerman said that he had failed to beat his 30-year addiction on his own.
The magistrate said that the treatment would be facilitated through Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.
Pennerman appeared in court last week charged with a crime spree that spanned from 2015 to 2020.
Prosecutors allege Pennerman, who is also known as Hensley Forbes, Charles Forbes and Charles Pennerman, burgled six homes, raped a woman and attempted to rape another one.
Pennerman didn’t have to enter pleas to those charges as they can only be tried before a judge and jury.
Prosecutors intend to fast-track those cases to the Supreme Court in November.