Default on fine costs Gonsalves his freedom
Nicolas Peter Gonsalves went to court today to answer a theft charge. But he ended up being escorted to HMP Dodds after the records revealed that he had failed to pay a $300 fine for a 2014 offence.
The 52-year-old resident of #24 Regency Park, Christ Church appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant charged with stealing a pack of cheese worth $11.99 from Price Lo Supermarket.
According to the facts presented by police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill, Gonsalves entered the store on November 3 and sometime after, approached the security guard asking for a dollar.
The guard noticed a bulge in Gonsalves’ right pants pocket and asked to remove the item, which he did.
When it came time for sentencing, the magistrate started the process of imposing a fine. However, the information about the unpaid fine subsequently surfaced.
As a result, Gonsalves will spend six months behind bars, which was the penalty for failing to pay the previous fine.
He was also sentenced to two months in prison for the theft charge, which will run concurrently with the other sentence.