A 26-year-old man has two weeks to pay the Oistins Magistrates’ Court a $500 fine after he pleaded guilty to a theft charge.
If Kemar Jason Trotman of Parish Land, Christ Church fails to comply with the order imposed by Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale he will spend six months in prison.
Trotman admitted to stealing two volcanic rock chains worth $50 and two crucifixion cross pendants each valued $25 belonging to Roland Callender on December 18.
According to prosecutor Sergeant Rudolph Burnett, the complainant is a handcraft vendor who operates in Oistins Bay Garden.
On the day in question, Callender left his designated area to purchase something to eat, and upon his return he was approached by Trotman who asked about wrappers. After Callender said he did not have any, Trotman became aggressive and snatched the items from the table and walked away.
Callender did not pursue Trotman at the time but spotted him the following day and notified police. However, Trotman left the area before lawmen arrived, but was later apprehended while lying on a bench near one of the stalls.
Addressing the magistrate Trotman apologized for his actions.
“I am sorry for what I have done and I am asking for a chance,” he said.
But Seale was not moved.
“Do you understand the meaning of a crucifix?” Seale asked Trotman who replied in the negative.
“You have no sort of religious upbringing . . . no respect for nothing . . .” Seale said.
He again asked Trotman: “Do you know the saying, when you know where the foul lives you don’t have to run behind him?”
Trotman again replied in the negative.
The sentence was subsequently imposed.