Junior Tyrone Hobbs was sentenced to six months in jail yesterday, after he admitted stealing food items from a popular Christ Church establishment.
The unemployed man, who has no fixed address, confessed that he broke into the Plantation Garden Theatre and stole two boxes of milk and a can of corn totalling $7. 70, sometime between March 2 and 4.
The court heard that Hobbs, 33, entered the establishment through a space over the kitchen door, stole the items and exited the same way.
Unfortunately for him, the security officer on patrol saw when he left the building with the items in tow.
When the matter was reported to police, the security guard was able to give a description of Hobbs, who frequented the area. He was held soon afterwards.
Dr Waldo Waldron-Ramsay, QC, who appeared on Hobbs’ behalf, said that the way his client was dressed suggests that he has fallen on hard times.
“I asked him why he had stolen the items and he said he was hungry . . . . He looks hungry to me,” the lawyer added.
He then asked Magistrate Douglas Frederick to “look upon him with some compassion” and to consider that the value of the items was very small.
Counsel then urged the court not to incarcerate Hobbs, despite his record, but instead to let him “go and sin no more”.
However, the magistrate felt that it was not so much about the value of the items but more about “violation of a person’s property”.
He then encouraged Hobbs to go over by the Fountain Gardens and get “a plate of food and a cup of tea”, as so many others were doing.
Hobbs said he knew of the programme and had benefited from it but on the day in question, “I wasn’t thinking at the time.”
The magistrate said he had seen both “young people and old people” being helped and Hobbs therefore had no reason “to break into nobody’s house”.
Frederick also believed that had Hobbs not dropped the items and ran at the time the guard saw him, things could have taken a different turn.
Hobbs will have to undergo drug rehabilitation during his stint at prison.