A man accused of a rape and burglary spree asked a magistrate for help with his addiction on Friday.
Prosecutors allege Hensley Pennerman, who is also known as Hensley Forbes, Charles Forbes and Charles Pennerman, carried out a five-year crime spree that began in 2015.
During this period, Pennerman allegedly burgled two homes, raped a woman and attempted to rape another one.
Pennerman didn’t have to enter pleas to those charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt.
However, he admitted to breaking into a home on West Bay Street between February 5 and 6, 2020 and stealing an Apple laptop and $121.
According to the prosecutor, Sergeant Kenny Thompson, the thief gained entry through a southern window in the kitchen.
Police lifted fingerprints from the scene and connected Pennerman to the crime when they got a match when they took his prints.
He didn’t have a lawyer, but the father of nine made a passionate plea in mitigation.
Pennerman said that he desperately wanted to change his life, but said that his 30-year-long addiction to crack cocaine drove him to crime.
According to Pennerman, a magistrate had previously made drug rehab part of a sentence, but he never got treatment for his addiction.
Pennerman said, “I know I did the crime. I know I should pay for the crime, but I want to get proper help, so I don’t have to go through this again. I’m tired of using drugs.”
Ferguson-Pratt deferred sentencing to August 13 to see if Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre would be able provide treatment.
Pennerman also said he wanted to plead guilty to the other rape and burglary cases.
Ferguson-Pratt asked the prosecutor to see if the burglary charges could be reduced to housebreaking so that she could hear the matter.
In the alternative, she said, the matters could be expedited to the Supreme Court.