Cochrane Resident Fined for Theft
Mr. Randolph Piper of Cochrane will hopefully learn to keep his sticky fingers in his pockets and not on other people’s property, after facing Roseau Magistrate Ossie Lewis on Friday April 26th, for theft which he pled guilty to.
According to the facts of the case read by Police Prosecutor Inspector Innocent Toussaint, on Friday April 12th, Mr. Philip Blondel of Cochrane secured his home and went to Portsmouth.
However a few days later he received certain information which led him to travel back to his home. On arrival he met one of the doors to his home damaged while another was opened.
Upon inspection of his home he noticed his welding machine, an electronic shaver valued at $500.00 and 8 pairs of AA batteries valued at $12.00 missing. He then reported it to the police and an investigation was launched.
When the investigating officer met the defendant Mr. Piper, he confessed to the crime saying, “Ok I take it.”
He went further and explained to the officer that, he went to the house and passed through the back door, searched the home and took the welding machine, which he made numerous attempts to sell in Roseau and was successful with a sale price of $500.00.
The defendant added, he spent the money drinking and smoking with his friends. He was then cautioned and arrested.
The welding machine was recovered but the other stolen items were not.
Before the sentence was handed down, the Prosecutor told the Court that Mr. Piper had 11 similar previous convictions.
Mr. Piper was fined $512.00 in compensation or in default spend three months in prison, and $2500 for the charge of theft or spend 15 months in prison.
All fines are to be paid forthwith.