Dwayne Elmore Cumberbatch proved today that the old adage of ‘honesty is the best policy’ still works.
When the 28-year-old unemployed man of Thornbury Hill, Christ Church appeared before acting Magistrate Alliston Seale, he threw himself at the mercy of the court by hastily pleading guilty to stealing items valued at $18.61 from Savings Plus yesterday morning.
And despite having several previous convictions for a range of offences, Seale showed leniency towards him and fined
him $300 in four weeks, with an alternative of three months in prison.
Cumberbatch had earlier told the magistrate that he and his mother had had a disagreement and he decided to sleep in town to let his ‘head cool’.
However, he said upon waking up this morning, he felt hungry and went into the store and took up one strawberry melon fruit drink and two cans of Pringles chips.
Cumberbatch told the court that when he saw the guard approaching him, he knew that he was in trouble and told himself he would ‘tekk what he got’.
“Whatever you want to do is well done . . . but I wouldn’t like to go to jail, Sir,” he told Seale.
After the magistrate imposed the fine on him, an elated and relieved Cumberbatch thanked Seale for giving him a second chance to get his life on track.
“Sir, I have come a long way. I used to do cocaine, but I don’t do anything like that anymore. I’m working on getting my life together.
“Thank you for allowing a chance to fix things,” he said shortly before exiting the court.