Nine Months for stealing rum

A former member of the disbanded 1960’s Black Power Movement has been sentenced to nine months in prison by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill for stealing a bottle of Rivers Rum from one of the supermarkets run by Andall and Associates.

Osbert Phillip was charged with the offense of stealing the rum which costs $9.50 on June 30th.

Phillip informed Chief Magistrate Gill who was sitting at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court on Monday that he was frustrated at the time he committed the offense.

The court was told that Phillip purchased chicken from the supermarket, but failed to pay for the rum.

Defense Attorney Peter David who represented Phillip said his client who accepted responsibility for committing the act has a history of petty theft and has no interest in causing injuries to anyone.

He spoke of knowing Phillip as one of the first group of men involved in the Black Power Movement, but has now deteriorated to the point of engaging in petty, foolish theft on a regular basis.

Phillip’s last known committal was for six months in prison on another stealing conviction.

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