Food for thought
After ordering two lunches and two drinks from a delicatessen on Wednesday, a Christ Church man was walking right out of the establishment without paying.
However, when Trevor Rudolph Phillips was stopped by security personnel and asked for proof of purchase, he could not produce it.
According to Prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock, Phillips, of #198 1st Avenue, Homestead Drive, Frere Pilgrim, ordered the items worth $31.86, placed them inside a plastic bag “and headed for the exit”.
Asked by the court about what was going on in his life to cause him to commit the offence at age 48, he replied that it “is just a bad time”. The former property manager further explained that he recently lost his home and was no longer working.
This was his first brush with the law.
Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick assured him that even though he might think he was at rock bottom, once he was in good health he ought to utilize all his skills to try and “find something to do”. “You look like a mature man, you are well dressed, and I’m sure there are persons out there who are worse off than you,” Frederick said.
After warning Phillips to “make sure this does not happen again”, the magistrate ordered him to perform 120 hours of community service by November 25 when he returns to court.