A 42-year-old man has to be on his best behaviour for the next 18 months if he wants to avoid spending time at Dodds prison.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant imposed the bond on Noel Alexander Austin, of no fixed place of abode, after he owned up to stealing ten bags of onions worth $500, four truck straps worth $380, a $37 shovel and a $30 rake belonging to Thorpe’s International on November 8.
The owner of the business, which is located at Barbarees Hill, secured the building but forgot to lock the gate to the compound.
He was later informed that the straps were missing from the delivery area of the property. The CCTV footage was reviewed and Austin was seen taking the aforementioned items.
The rake, shovel, three straps and a quantity of the onions were recovered.
Attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at told the magistrate that Austin was gainfully employed at the Cheapside Market shepherding items for vendors and was very helpful. However, he explained that his client had some challenges and was currently an outpatient at the Psychiatric Hospital. Ma’at further submitted that Austin’s early guilty plea was indicative of his remorse.
“I begging for mercy,” Austin, who is known to the court, said from the dock, even as Ma’at continued to mitigate on his behalf.
He will have to spend eight months in prison if he is found guilty of a crime within the next year and a half.