A 54-year-old man who admittedly stole from, and wounded his long-time friend has been granted bail in the amount of $2,000.
“I ain’t wasting the court’s time, I just being honest,” said Alvin Jefferson Bruce of 3rd Avenue Chapman Lane, St Michael in owning to the charge of stealing $85 in cash from under Selwyn Gill’s bed while he sleeping on July 26.
The two men had been friends for over 20 years and Bruce was in the habit of visiting Gill’s home.
However, their friendship turned sour last month after Gill sought to challenge Bruce about his missing money. During a subsequent scuffle, the accused reportedly struck Gill in his head with a bottle, which led to the wounding charge.
“I am very sorry for my actions. I did take the money but during the scuffle I still did not end up with the cash,” Bruce said, while suggesting that one of the witnesses to the incident may have “picked it up”.
“I honestly did not get the money,” he told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.
Bruce, who has 17 convictions to his name, therefore pleaded with the magistrate to give him a chance, while asking if he could pay a fine, perform community service or be placed on a bond.
“I haven’t been here for a little while. I am begging Ma’am please,” he said.
However, the case was adjourned until August 16 to allow the magistrate to hear Gill’s side of the story.