“To tell the truth; if I did know it did gine be all uh dah dey, I din gine do it, right? Everybody deserve a second chance,” a convicted thief told Magistrate Christopher Birch earlier today.
Rawle Anthony Caesar, of Block 2D Water Street, Christ Church, had just confessed in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court to stealing three bottles of wine from a supermarket in Silver Sands, Christ Church yesterday.
Magistrate Birch responded to 19-year-old youth’s plea for a second chance by reminding him that he had already been given a chance when he was slapped with a fine for his one prior conviction.
“Wine is not necessary for life. You needed it to live?” Birch asked.
“If it had been biscuits or a tin of corned beef, it wouldn’t be right either but I would understand because that is about survival. Wine is just about getting drunk,” the magistrate stressed.
The facts, which police prosecutor Sergeant Azel Skeete presented to the court, revealed that someone was observing persons in the supermarket on a monitor, when Caesar and another man were seen entering together.
One man had a haversack on his back while the second wore one on his front. They each took a wine from a shelf and placed them inside their bags. Both men then passed the cashier without paying and left the building, closing the door behind them.
Police were called and Caesar and O’neill Alistair Chase were arrested and charged. However, Chase, 21, of Maxwell View, Silver Hill, Christ Church denied the charge and was granted bail.
Caesar, who was remanded, will be brought back to the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing.