Woe is me!


“Wunna just like to send Arthur to jail!”

That was the declaration of 27-year-old Leinster Road, Waterford, St Michael resident Rohan Ricardo Levi Arthur after he was sentenced to 12 months in prison for theft.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick handed down the sentence after Arthur pleaded guilty to stealing a compressor worth $4 000, a power saw worth $600, three angle grinders worth $1 350, a drilling machine worth $700 and a drilling machine set worth $250, sometime between January 16 and 17.

The items belonged to Paul Thompson and Tawanda Thompson.

The court heard from the police prosecutor that the equipment was left at a house under construction at Rogers Development, St Michael. The tradesmen secured their tools at the residence and left, but the equipment was later found to be missing.

The culprit had apparently gained access to the house through a window.

The stolen items were sold to several pawnshops.

Arthur told the court: “To tell the honest truth, there ain’t nothing that can [make it right].

“I just take a walk that day and end up in this gallery and saw these tools in there. [A] window was open and I say that this can pay the rent for me and my girl. I accept I was wrong, Sir. I walk into the station because it was biting my head,” Arthur, who is known to the courts, told the magistrate.

Although he admitted his guilt, he also told the court he did not believe he should be sent to prison for the crime.

Arthur pleaded with Magistrate Frederick to give him a chance “to make amends”, saying that he was due to get a pay cheque.

“All you had to do is to hold on, because you know you [were] getting paid,” Frederick told Arthur who responded that his rent was in arrears.

The magistrate pointed out to the thief that he was recently released from prison for a similar offence and he could have done something positive instead of turning to crime again.

Frederick then imposed the sentence which did not sit well with Arthur.

“Wunna just like to send Arthur to jail! Arthur don’t get no chances in this court. All the time just jail, jail, jail, jail!” said the upset man.

26 Responses to Woe is me!

  1. John Strutton
    John Strutton January 27, 2017 at 5:26 am

    And what makes you think you deserve to be given a chance by the court, you habitual, recidivist thief? I don’t think the people you have stolen from and who worked hard to get what you stole would feel you deserve anything but the sternest punishment.

  2. John Herbert
    John Herbert January 27, 2017 at 5:55 am

    The report said that he sold them to several pawn shops. Who are these pawn shops, and how come they are not before the court? How come they would just buy these items from a man who just walk off the street?

    • John Strutton
      John Strutton January 27, 2017 at 6:19 am

      Well said sir – handling stolen goods is just as much an offence. Your question goes to the thoroughness of the police investigation and the lack of regulation of such businesses.

    • Diane Elaine Dias
      Diane Elaine Dias January 27, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Same damn thing I saying. Those pawn shops obviously accustomed to receiving stolen goods. Time for police to pay them a visit.

    • Liz Taylor
      Liz Taylor January 27, 2017 at 7:26 am

      You guys have obviously never pawned anything. Pawn shops are not obligated to ask where an individual got an item. I’ve been to pawn shops both in the US and Canada and they never asked about where the item came from. If I bought an item five years ago and fall into financial straights I’m suppose to have a receipt?

    • John Herbert
      John Herbert January 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

      So Liz, there is a loop hole in the law…not so? Why should it be so easy to dispose of stolen items? Are you comfortable with that?

    • Liz Taylor
      Liz Taylor January 27, 2017 at 9:52 am

      There is no loop hole because when you pawn something they are not actually buying it. Technically they are lending you money using the item as collateral you are given a specified period within which to return for the item and repay the monies. If you are unable to pay you can pay a monthly premium for them to hold the item until you can repay. Failing that if you do not return within the specified period with the money or the premium you forfeit the opportunity to recover the item. Pawning is different from actual buying or selling. You can pawn something that you bought 50 years ago once it has some value, do you expect a guy to have a receipt to prove ownership of that item? Unless it was something very valuable or he was extremely anal he would most likely not have one. That means a man who has a financial need could not use the item as collateral because he did not have a receipt.

      John as a student of the law I expect that you would look at things through different lenses than the layperson. So look at how a rigid rule would affect the pawn broker’s ability to do business given the nature of the business and how it would affect an individual’s ability to dispose of his property. It is ok to talk about tougher laws but the aim should not be to impose on people’s private rights.

    • John Herbert
      John Herbert January 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Yes, understand all of that. But what about public policy? It ridiculous and I am sure the public will be outraged at this, particularly the victim, that stolen items can be so easily disposed of. That is the issue, which needs to be dealt with.

      What about the rights of the victim of the crime? What about the affect it has on society as a whole? Are we to just sit by and allow our rights as law abiding citizens to be trampled on and our hard earned possessions taken from us and disposed of because the pawn shop needs to be protected? I think not!

    • Liz Taylor
      Liz Taylor January 27, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Well how do you reconcile the two? I am a law abiding citizen I should be able to dispose of my property as I see fit and not be hindered by some policy. The reality is John you can’t legislate everything because we would not be able to function. A guy could steal your stuff and fence it some other way and you would still have suffered the loss. It is the nature of the beast. Based on what you are suggesting a pawn broker’s would not be able to carry on a viable business as a result of the restrictions in place.

  3. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias January 27, 2017 at 6:32 am

    ” jail jail jail” ? All time teef teef teef…All wunna want to do is teef teef teef. Steuuuups

  4. Nadia Marshall
    Nadia Marshall January 27, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Hmmm….I’m sure I read about a case two weeks ago about another serial thief who pled guilty to at least seven counts of theft and in one occasion he pulled a knife on the homeowner and instructed him not to move while he made off with his television. Reading details of the case I felt the proverbial book should have been thrown at him yet he was only given several three month sentences to run concurrently…why the vast discrepancy in sentences?

  5. Alexis Paul
    Alexis Paul January 27, 2017 at 6:34 am

    why is it that the pawn shop ain t get charge for buying stolen items . That ain `t larceny ?

  6. Mansa Musa
    Mansa Musa January 27, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Study this well …. next time you go to a pawn shop see who appropriate the licences. ..

  7. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 27, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Pawn shop.pawn the items for a period of time and if that time passes and you don’t come back for it.Then the Pawn shop could sell the items. The Pawn shop don’t know if you steal the items. Pawn is not buying stolen article.

  8. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid January 27, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Because of the brother hood…

  9. Marilyn Cook
    Marilyn Cook January 27, 2017 at 7:58 am

    All you gine do is thief thief thief. Lol. I like you bad. Stand up for yuh right to be out to thief. Lol

  10. Victoria Lily
    Victoria Lily January 27, 2017 at 9:03 am

    “Wunna just like to send Arthur to jail! Arthur don’t get no chances in this court. All the time just jail, jail, jail, jail!” said the upset man… lol this too funny

  11. BIG SKY January 27, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Jail jail jail jail because you just steal steal steal steal.

  12. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde January 27, 2017 at 9:44 am

    No wait…if u keep offending the courts are supposed to allow you to persist with making a mockery of the law. I’m confused honestly wouldn’t it just be simpler to not find yourself in the docks charged with anything? Other people find it quite easy to NOT commit crime, and although he goes to jail he’s not deterred by it…seems he’s only upset he got caught and sentenced to imprisonment.

  13. Blanchard Ulanda
    Blanchard Ulanda January 27, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Teef teef teef…will end u in jail jail jail….#juststopstealing

  14. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan January 27, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Isn’t accepting stolen goods a crime these days. I mean it ain’t right but…… how come the cops dont have them before the court

  15. kathy-Ann Clarke January 27, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    What Arthur expect to happen to him?
    He stealing and expect to be getting off?
    Stupes do !!

  16. Kathy January 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    To me the fact here is This Arthur should have seen the people thing and left it he not the only person that have bills in arise, we need to stop be red eye for people thing and try work for our own thing why should the court wait now he should have waited for his cheque to pay rent. We focusing on the pawn shop no the thief need to know to left people thing along the world he not to adjust to thief the thief is to adjust to the world see people thing and left it. A person who work hard for them money should be free not afraid to purchase them thing, a person can’t walk about with them cellphone to them ear without worrying someone gin tek it, or a man can’t wear a gold chain without worrying someone break them neck for them own thing foolishness, again I say see people thing and left there are person out there in worse situation and still not stealing.

  17. Lennox hewitt January 27, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I read what the lady say and she is right paw shops r legal all over the world even on pictures see people pawning wedding rings etc and when the person get catch the pawn brooker goes freebottom line its legal .


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