Old Brigand thief remanded until September 26
An unemployed man confessed that it was he who stole a bottle of rum from a friend’s shop on August 28.
Vincent Tony Smith of Ellis Village, Halls Road, St Michael pleaded guilty to stealing the alcohol valued $41.75 belonging to Angela Eversley early sunday morning.
In outlining the case to the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today, Sergeant Martin Rock said Eversley was asleep when she was awakened by a knock on her shop. She got out of bed, looked out and saw Smith, who she knew as Fire, and another man standing outside her window.
The second man ordered some eggs and after serving him, she turned away. That was when Smith pushed his hand through the dispatch window and took a bottle of Old Brigand Rum.
Soon after, the woman went after Smith and took back the bottle, which was half-empty by then, from him. He in turn chased her, took away the rum and offered to pay for it.
When he was asked to address the court today, Smith admitted he was wrong to steal the alcohol but said that when he offered to pay for the item, the woman refused.
“She would gimme me anything and I would do anything fuh she,” he explained.
Smith, who has previous convictions, added that he also gave “a shot uh rum to the fella who buy the eggs but he went long”.
The magistrate explained that the complainant operated a small business and could not afford such losses.
“She can’t afford to take a loss like this. And at a village shop, she probably would give you credit and let you take food and pay later and all that.”
“Of course,” Smith replied.
“So why would you steal from a woman like that? You cutting off the limb that you standing on. And look at what you steal . . . rum. And in that short space of time you drink off half.”
“I gih way some,” Smith responded.
The court ordered a presentencing report, remanded Smith and adjourned the case until September 26.