David Anthony Griffith stole paint and then walked through a neighbourhood with it.
It was no surprise, therefore, that someone alerted the complainant that Griffith was the thief.
Griffith, 47, C/o Barbados Prison Fellowship, Country Road, St Michael, went before Magistrate Douglas Frederick yesterday.
Standing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, he admitted breaking into Mumtaz Deli and stealing two gallons of paint belonging to Ryan Thorpe sometime between February 15 and 16.
Thorpe secured and left his business-place intact on February 15 but the following day when he returned, he found a door ajar. The painter who came to begin renovations and was with Thorpe at the time, found no paint to work with.
Some vigilant person informed Thorpe that ‘Yank’ (Griffith) was seen walking through Greenfield, The City, with a gallon of paint.
The complainant went looking for him, found Griffith, took him back to the Deli and called the police.
Magistrate Frederick reminded Griffith, who has several convictions, that he was given a chance last time when he placed him on a four month bond.
“I know Sir. Since then, I went and sign in at Detox down at Psychie,” Griffith said, as he explained that he does farm work with two preachers for $50 per day.
“It is the negative thinking…,” Griffith went on to say while grabbing his head.
“I went in the Deli and see a can o’ paint and I car’ it home. I went home and talk to my higher power. And I tell myself yuh should not tek up de people paint!”
“I was going to go back the Tuesday and apologise to the man, because I know I was wrong. I don’t drink nor smoke no more. I go to church every Sunday…” Griffith added.
“Six months in prison,” the magistrate responded.
“Jesus, Lord have mercy,” Griffith replied, before propping his forehead on the dock.