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Senior citizen forgot cigarettes in his pocket

COURT TODAY BLOCKAn elderly man accused of stealing a box of cigarettes sunday, was adamant that he never intended to take the item from Massy Stores.

Appearing before Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court yesterday, 69-year-old Henderson Fitzherbert Cox pleaded guilty to stealing the $6.95 cigarettes but later, he clearly stated his version of what happened when he went to the store on Sunday.

He explained that he went to the deli to buy some food and while there, the box of cigarettes, which he had in his hand at the time, fell. He picked them up and placed them in his back pocket.

He paid for the food and moved from there to the supermarket to get a piece of cake, which he also paid for, but by that time he had forgotten about the cigarettes.

“Sir I did not remember the cigarettes in my pocket. I paid for everything else I had,” he said, showing the court his receipt.

“And just as I was leaving the cashier a gentleman came to me and said he wanted to see the receipt.”

The retiree said the man examined it before informing him that it carried everything “but the cigarettes”.

He then told the man that he had forgotten it and offered to pay, “but he tell me no”.

“I never meant to take them, Sir,” the Bartlett’s Tenantry Road, Christ Church man told the magistrate.

“You have never been in trouble with the law before?” the magistrate queried.

“No Sir. No kind of trouble.”

“At 69 you can begin to get a little forgetful but you have to be careful with that. Reprimanded and discharged,” the Acting Chief Magistrate ruled.

3 Responses to Senior citizen forgot cigarettes in his pocket

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince August 30, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Security at Massey need to use common sense with situations like this….waste of time. Idiots…

  2. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias August 30, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    So if the man offered to pay for the pack of cigarettes , why would the security guard say “no “. What ‘ incentives ‘are these security guards being given for catching shoplifters ? I remember there was a supermarket in town ( not calling any names ) , used to pay incentives when shoplifters were caught . So people used to find Panadols , batteries , and all kinda small things planted on them , just so security can find them. This incentive thing might not be the right way to go. But , good God Massy , you gon carry an old man to court for a pack of cigarettes?. What were you hoping would happen? He would get sent to jail ? Big dutty steuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuups.

  3. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias August 30, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Also if the man had just left the cashier and had not yet exited the store , is that stealing? Trimart Rendezvous looking better and better to me . Where on a Tuesday and Friday , I can get my BARP discount on my groceries. My BARP card doesn’t seem to work at Massy.


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