Six Months for Stealing Groceries

1-tileThibaut resident, Elworth Henderson was sentenced to six months imprisonment, after he faced Roseau Magistrate Candia George on Tuesday September 10th.

This followed his guilty plea, on the charge of theft following an incident at a department store.

According to the facts of the case, on Saturday September 7th Henderson went into J. Astaphans & Company Limited where he placed a number of items into a black plastic bag and proceeded to exit the store.

A security guard, who noticed Henderson’s actions, prevented him from leaving the store and informed him of his observations before searching him.

During the search a number of grocery items including; corn, peas and carrot, shampoo, peanut butter, sardines and biscuits totaling $94.20 was found in the black plastic bag.

A report was made to the police and the defendant was brought to the Police Station by the security guard.

When questioned by the investigating officer, Henderson stated he was drunk at the time of the incident.

In mitigation, he told the Court that, he is a construction worker, who earns $60 daily but was under the influence of alcohol and would rather pay a fine instead of a custodial sentence.

However, after looking at Henderson’s criminal record, the Magistrate noticed that he had been charged for theft on numerous occasions, since 1993.

Magistrate George advised Henderson to change this bad habit and his life when he completes his term in prison.

The stolen items were restituted to J. Astaphans & Company Limited.

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