Hobbs arrested for stealing food

COURT TODAY BLOCKJunior Tyrone Hobbs was sentenced to six months in jail yesterday, after he admitted stealing food items from a popular Christ Church establishment.

The unemployed man, who has no fixed address, confessed that he broke into the Plantation Garden Theatre and stole two boxes of milk and a can of corn totalling $7. 70, sometime between March 2 and 4.

The court heard that Hobbs, 33, entered the establishment through a space over the kitchen door, stole the items and exited the same way.

Unfortunately for him, the security officer on patrol saw when he left the building with the items in tow.

When the matter was reported to police, the security guard was able to give a description of Hobbs, who frequented the area. He was held soon afterwards.

Dr Waldo Waldron-Ramsay, QC, who appeared on Hobbs’ behalf, said that the way his client was dressed suggests that he has fallen on hard times.

“I asked him why he had stolen the items and he said he was hungry . . . . He looks hungry to me,” the lawyer added.

He then asked Magistrate Douglas Frederick to “look upon him with some compassion” and to consider that the value of the items was very small.

Counsel then urged the court not to incarcerate Hobbs, despite his record, but instead to let him “go and sin no more”.

However, the magistrate felt that it was not so much about the value of the items but more about “violation of a person’s property”.

He then encouraged Hobbs to go over by the Fountain Gardens and get “a plate of food and a cup of tea”, as so many others were doing.

Hobbs said he knew of the programme and had benefited from it but on the day in question, “I wasn’t thinking at the time.”

The magistrate said he had seen both “young people and old people” being helped and Hobbs therefore had no reason “to break into nobody’s house”.

Frederick also believed that had Hobbs not dropped the items and ran at the time the guard saw him, things could have taken a different turn.

Hobbs will have to undergo drug rehabilitation during his stint at prison.

7 Responses to Hobbs arrested for stealing food

  1. Alex Alleyne May 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Room in DODDS fa he ? , it will be better for the TAX PAYER if he go weed some grass from next to the roads for the SIX months.

    • miche July 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      And pay someone $60.00 a day to watch him? you moron!

      • Randy Bridgeman July 3, 2016 at 6:57 pm

        Can’t you opine devoid of name-calling? Keep it civil please.

  2. Observer May 15, 2016 at 8:09 am

    I’m not condoning what mr hobbs did, but sentenceing mr hobbs for six months is ridiculous you have hard core criminals walking the streets and you folks are going to put this man in dodds for six months please at a cost to the taxpayers which is more than $7.70 for six months, what is wrong with community service which would seems more appropriate at lease he is giving back to society for his wrong doings

    • miche July 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      The six months should not be viewed as incarceration,rather as a period of guaranteed drug rehabilitation…which you could not have trusted him to attend ,had he been released.

  3. Eric May 15, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Stupid sentence….while persons accused of bodily crimes are walking the streets possibility continuing their criminal ways. Community service would have serice tax payers better.
    Certainly not condoning his criminal actions but the sentence is ridiculous.

  4. Randy Bridgeman July 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Look, the man broke GOD’s and man’s laws. So there has to be some form of punishment. We know he’s not 100% upstairs, so why send him up? Plus the cost to feed and maintain Mr. Hobbs for six months would be much more than the value of the items which he pilfered. A clear case of the punishment outweighing the crime. Why not sentence him to clean some person’s or establishments’ place where he could earn remuneration? From these funds, he could be ordered to repay the value of the stolen items. If any is left over, the court could receive it for their coffers or Mr. Hobbs could be allowed to keep same, perhaps to purchase food. A win-win situation.


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