‘Ham addict’ jailed

Not for the first time, 58-year-old Mackelton Dacosta Wood, of no fixed place of abode, has been convicted of stealing ham, and will spend the next six months in jail.

Wood, who had 84 convictions to his name, 82 of which were for dishonesty, including ham theft, was convicted for the 85th time today after he was caught attempting to steal three hams worth $238.38 from Popular Discount supermarket on Spry Street, The City.

The court heard that Wood entered the supermarket just after opening today, placed the hams in a shopping basket, and later transferred them to a haversack before making his way towards the exit.

When a security guard pursued him Wood dropped the bag during his escape bid but was captured.

In examining his conviction card the magistrate noticed that Wood had been before virtually every magistrate on the island.

“I missing one or two, Sir,” Wood responded to that observation adding that he would like help for him addiction.

“What are you addicted to ham?” Magistrate Douglas Frederick asked.

“I won’t say that,” Wood replied, adding: “I does smoke, I live on the streets . . . I addicted to drugs.”

However, Frederick in handing down the sentence pointed out that Wood had many opportunities in the past for rehabilitation, of which he had failed to take advantage.

“You are an elderly man now. When you come out try to better yourself,” the magistrate advised.

27 Responses to ‘Ham addict’ jailed

  1. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow December 12, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Ham…by any means necessary….it seems like the pig going get so much ppl in trouble this season..

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    • Kim Lashley
      Kim Lashley December 13, 2017 at 1:39 am

      Hahahahahaha lol dwllll

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    • hcalndre December 13, 2017 at 5:51 am

      Earl Crichlow; its not porky, it is the price, he would have sold them and get plenty hits.

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  2. BIGSKY December 13, 2017 at 1:44 am

    THis man was HAMpered by the security guard or he would have escaped.He hurt his HAMstring when he fell and began to sing the sweet song of Beres HAMmond,”cant stop a man from trying.”

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  3. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell December 13, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Its been so long Rastafari warn wunnah

    Reply
  4. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow December 13, 2017 at 2:04 am

    The purpose of incarceration for petty thief versus the economics of the said punishment

    Reply
  5. Wendy Reece
    Wendy Reece December 13, 2017 at 2:26 am

    The man needs mental therapy not jail

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  6. Jonah Banks December 13, 2017 at 3:12 am

    That man is 58? Are you sure you have the right picture?

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  7. Saga Boy December 13, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I am certain that the Magistrate asked “why” and not “what” are you addicted to ham. BT your editor needs to work for his or her money. I however think that 6 months is somewhat excessive for stealing a ham. There must have been a suitable alternative. Next year he will be stealing hams from somewhere else.

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    • Miche December 13, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Where did you see that he was given three months for a ham,,,,,The post stated Three hams…make sure that you switch on your brain before you put your mouth in gear……..

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  8. Cherry Matunda Heri
    Cherry Matunda Heri December 13, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Totally agree with you

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  9. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell December 13, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Very observant sis

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  10. Peter Aswat
    Peter Aswat December 13, 2017 at 8:15 am

    They should name him Hammie Wood.

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  11. Donna Melissa Bynoe
    Donna Melissa Bynoe December 13, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Wow. So you put him in jail as opposed to having or finding programs to help his situation.

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  12. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams December 13, 2017 at 8:52 am

    uh wonder if it is one d $400 one

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  13. Kathrine Kirton-Murrell
    Kathrine Kirton-Murrell December 13, 2017 at 9:32 am

    The devil is a liar. Profession ham thief.

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  14. Angela Eunice Knight
    Angela Eunice Knight December 13, 2017 at 9:54 am

    hmmm why he does not rare pigs and someone teach him how to make ham……hmmm

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  15. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks December 13, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I love magistrate Douglas response, “What are you addicted to, ham “

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  16. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks December 13, 2017 at 10:34 am

    He put he in jail cause it’s Xmas, u know how much people will loose ham, especially seeing that they so expensive

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  17. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce December 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Did any of u who r against his jail term see how man convictions he has som yall does mek me laff

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  18. Karen F-Glasgow
    Karen F-Glasgow December 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Smh

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  19. Cheryl Carter
    Cheryl Carter December 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Some people don’t want the help that is offered. He just likes to steal ham. So suffer the consequences

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  20. Rose-Ann Tull
    Rose-Ann Tull December 13, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    For all the years I’ve known him…jail has always been his home….he would come home today and sometimes before night he’s back at the police station for stealing something for the few hours he’s been out….smh

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  21. Rodney Callender December 13, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Will somebody please teach Saga Boy to read and understand? And he blaming de BT reporter for his inability to comprehend what he just read. SMFH. Wow.

    Reply
  22. fedup December 13, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Saga Boy is Public Nuusance #1..

    Reply

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