Petty thief gets away with time served

A 44-year-old man walked out of the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today a free man after spending 140 days on remand at HMP Dodds on a charge of theft.

Artifus Akelton Flavius, of Trents, St James, had initially denied the charge, but was remanded on July 10 after he was unable to present a suitable surety to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

However, he later owned up to entering Art Splash Cafe sometime between June 25 and 26 this year and stealing $300 cash, two bottles of coke valued $15, two bottles of juice worth $30, a bag of nuts worth $30.95, two packs of ham worth $18, two bottles of honey worth $28.84, four bottles of toilet bowl cleaner worth $20 and a bottle of orange aid worth $32.

Today prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons revealed that Flavius had damaged the back door of the establishment, as well as the door leading to the storeroom, in order to gain access to the building and to steal the items.

“I went to the property and did something silly and it land me in prison,” Flavius told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, while stating that he had suffered a “relapse”.

“I am very sorry,” he added, as he was sentenced to time served.

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