Six months behind bars for theft

todays court“The court has done all it can for you!”

With those words, Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale sentenced 21-year-old Shaquille Duante Va-Dahl Stoute to six months in prison when he appeared in court yesterday on his fourth theft-related charge since 2013.

Stoute, who resides at Lightfoot Lane, St Michael, had pleaded guilty on an earlier occasion to breaking into Diva Hype Bar last September and stealing  brandy, vodka, nuts, mints and cash, totalling $557.14 in value.

However, it was not just the theft that concerned Seale, but the fact that Stoute had already been granted bail and given community service.

The court heard that Stoute had been assigned to the Bridgetown Fishing Complex to carry out community service, but his attendance “was infrequent”.

His explanation for that was that he had a job and had made that known to the magistrate who had given him permission to attend whenever he “get a chance” or “on Saturdays only”.

However, not only did the probation officer have no knowledge about that job, but Stoute never sought a change of schedule for his community service.

Seale told the young man that had he contacted the office, the hours would have been relaxed and he would have been granted more time to complete the community service.

“How are you going to complete the time when you are before the court again? There is no day-release programme at the prison,” the magistrate remarked.

“Some people think the system is unfair but it can only work with those who want to help themselves . . . and we have tried our best with you.”

And while the magistrate said he was convinced that Stoute had a problem with “dope”, the man insisted that he did not.

“I use marijuana . . . Cocaine is dope,” he replied.

4 Responses to Six months behind bars for theft

  1. Mac10 January 28, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    $557.14! Now you see there’s your problem Mr Stoute. You should have nicked $1/4million then you could have ignored he Court & the PM would have said he’s on your side.

  2. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer January 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    If he has a “job” then why us he stealing vodka, nuts, mints, soda and cash. Stupse

  3. Kathy-Ann Prescod
    Kathy-Ann Prescod January 28, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Now he went in the woman house with a gun, so he didn’t remember his mother had health issues so what if he did kill the woman, should he go free because of his mother health issues, what ties he has in the community lol braking in peopl homes with guns. Crime will never be under control in this country because the laws are for the criminals.

  4. Plantation Deeds February 23, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    This criminal should have been hung by the neck until he cheers up, not lost away in Prison. He continues to terrorise peoples businesses by stealing continuously. Are you not realising that he will come back out a hardened criminal ready for aggravated robbery? This business establishment is relatively new and suffered greatly at the hands of this criminal. With loans, bills and staff to pay this is no encouragement for small business people. Harsher penalties should be implemented. Thank you Mr Seale for your effort so far, as he was previously only given a kiss on the cheek for the previous convictions.


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