A St. George resident was fined $1, 500.00 on Monday for the offence of stealing after pleading guilty to a summary charge before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau at the St. George’s No. 2 Magistrate’s Court on St. John’s Street.
29-year-old Damion Joseph, who has a total of 30 previous convictions, 11 of a similar nature, was unrepresented when he appeared before Magistrate Gellineau who read out the summary charge to him.
He pleaded “guilty with an explanation” to stealing items valuing just over $300.00 from an elderly man, who was at the time grocery shopping at the popular Foodland Supermarket on Halifax Street in St. George’s.
The victim, who was described as a retired foreign national, has been living on his yacht in Grenadian waters since 2012.
The police statement quoted the victim as saying that he recalled visiting the supermarket with a backpack, resting it inside of a shopping trolley but when he approached the cashier to pay for the groceries he realised that the bag was missing.
The elderly man alerted the relevant authorities and upon review of the security cameras at the supermarket Joseph was seen picking up the bag and leaving the supermarket with it.
Police investigators later retrieved the backpack in the vicinity of the nearby Market Square with all its contents except for a flashlight and EC$20. 00.
When given the opportunity to address the court, Joseph told the Magistrate that he must have had a little too much ‘Jack Iron’ rum to drink as he does not recall what happened but was sorry for what happened.
He apologised to the elderly man who accepted it and decided to waive the theft of EC$20.00 and the cost of the flashlight.
The victim commended the police investigating officers for their swift action taken in an effort to get to the bottom of the matter.
In handing down sentence, Magistrate Gellineau noted the court’s disappointment with Joseph, the biological father of two (2), who is once more before her on a stealing charge. She reminded him that he has children looking up to him for guidance and urged him to change his ways and stay away from alcohol, especially Jack Iron rum.
Joseph was fined EC$1, 500.00 to be paid in three (3) months and in default serve nine (9) months in prison.