A 25-year-old coconut vendor could not contain his displeasure after he was sentenced to three months and 27 days in prison for theft.
Dario Jamar Cheltenham, of Kings Gap, Eagle Hall, St Michael, looked on in despair and covered his face while groaning after Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant handed down the sentence.
He later became aggressive as he was being removed from the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, but was quickly subdued by a prison officer.
Cheltenham had previously pleaded guilty to stealing a $270 cellular phone belonging to Dale Jones on October 10.
Based on the facts presented in the case, Cheltenham had spent that night at Jones’ home after asking for a “lodging” the day before. However, around 5 a.m. he left, causing Jones to become suspicious.
After a search of his home, Jones discovered the device missing.
Pointing out that this was the second such offence committed by Cheltenham, the magistrate imposed the sentence, taking into account the 27 days he had already spent on remand.