A 41-year-old man who has 35 convictions — all of similar nature — will spend the next nine months behind bars, having pleaded guilty to theft.
On Friday, at the Serious Offences Court, the man, Allison Gibson, told Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne that he took the items to resell to buy soap and toothpaste.
“And you were going to buy other white powdery substance?” Browne told the defendant, apparently referring to cocaine
“Yes. Yes. Yes,” Gibson replied.
The court heard that on June 14, at 5:15 p.m., Rillan Hill resident Dexter Lewis parked his black and grey Nissan jeep, PV814, in front of Gonsalves Liquor on Melville Street.
Lewis and his son then went to a nearby building about two minutes away to do electrical work.
At about 7 p.m., Lewis’ son returned to the vehicle to retrieve some tools and failed to properly secure the vehicle.
About 11 p.m., when Lewis returned to the vehicle, he discovered items valued at EC$2,552 were missing along with US$75 in cash.
The matter was reported to the police, who, later that evening, acting on information, found the defendant near ACE Hardware on Lower Bay Street with a box and sack filled with tools, which the defendant later identified and claimed.
n handing down the sentence, the magistrate told Gibson she was sending him to prison for a period of “rest and relaxation”, adding that she also wanted him “to kick that habit”.