‘Not too old for jail’

75-year-old steals cakes and vegetables from Massy Stores

COURT TODAY BLOCKA 75-year-old man was told today that he was “not too old for jail”.

Rawle Augustus Reece was before Magistrate Douglas Frederick when he admitted stealing a pack of cakes, one tomato and one sweet pepper from Massy Stores on Saturday.

Reece lives at Sargeant’s Village, Christ Church.

The court heard from acting Station Sergeant Neville Watson that the elderly man went to the store and took up the pack of cakes, before moving on to the vegetable section. He was kept under surveillance by the store manager.

Finally, Reece took a snack from the shelf, made his way to the cashier and paid for that but not the other items.

Referring to Reece’s record in court, the Magistrate said he would not consider those from 1966. However, Reece was before him in 2013 for stealing from Super Centre.

“I thought that the last time in 2013 was a mistake or you were getting forgetful or something. But it is 2015 and you are back with us again.”

Asked why he stole the $3.18 in items, the convicted man said: “I was hungry.”

Magistrate Frederick told Reece that it did not give him the right to steal.

“Do you get a pension?” he asked.

“Yes, once a month.”

“So why don’t you make it do for you? You don’t have a choice so you have to make it do for you,” Magistrate Frederick said.

“You seem to think you are too old for jail but there are people in jail who are older than you.”

Reece was placed on a bond to keep the peace for 12 months and if he breaches that, he will be imprisoned for one month.

3 Responses to ‘Not too old for jail’

  1. Alex Alleyne June 9, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Clean the beaches of seed weed should be his punishment . He is not too old …… Please no jail time , Its tax payers he eating out.

  2. Patrick Blackman June 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I think the bigger issue here is why isn’t his pension not sufficcient to sustain/ meet his needs. I think Magistrate Frederick statement
    “So why don’t you make it do for you? You don’t have a choice so you have to make it do for you,” absolutely outrageous, may be the magistrate should live on his pension and make it do for himself. Another case of a public figure being a moral authority. Your job sir is to administer and apply the law not make adhorrent and repugnant moral judgements, you are out of line sir.

    Massey stores: Yes you have the right to safe guard your property and to prevent loss but sometimes situational judgement is warranted. Clearly the value of the items where negligible in value ($3.18) and the guy paid for some of the other items, clearly any sensible person would have realized his situation.

    You took a senior citizen to court for $3.18. Your actions cost the country substantially more to prosecute this man. From today, I will make it my personal mission in life not to support any of your businesses and will convey that to any one I meet.

  3. Bajan boy June 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Patrick you are late I never started and never will….


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