Senior citizen forgot cigarettes in his pocket
An 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.