A 64-year-old man Wednesday pleaded guilty in the District ‘A’ No 1 Court to stealing a bottle of Mount Gay rum, valued at $6.99, from Massy Stores Supermarket.
George Averal Hinkson of 1st Avenue, Fariways Gardens, Rendezvous, Christ Church reportedly entered the supermarket on July 5 and was seen by security putting a number of items into a shopping cart.
He then went to the aisle where the alcoholic beverages are kept and was observed taking the bottle of rum from the shelf and putting it in the left pocket of his pants.
Hinkson then proceeded to the cashier, where he paid for the other items before attempting to leave the supermarket, but was stopped by security. A search was conducted and the bottle of rum was recovered.
“Sir, I honestly did not remember that I put the rum in my pocket. I told the lady that I was sorry and that I would pay. It was just an error . . . I put it in my pocket when I went to the ATM,” Hinkson told Magistrate Douglas Frederick.
However, the magistrate explained to Hinkson that by putting the item in his pocket, it looked as though he was stealing it.
“I have to take into consideration that you are 64-years-old, have no prior convictions, retired, and I will give you some credit for that. Not even some young people can remember some things . . . [but] at your age I don’t know if your memory is faulty . . .. You helped build the country and you have asked for leniency, so I am going to give you a chance,” Frederick said.
“Learn from that. Rest assured you can only get treated as a first timer once,” the magistrate warned as Hinkson was reprimanded and discharged.