A 42-year-old deliveryman is facing the possibility of six months in prison if he fails to pay an $800 fine.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant issued the order to Troy Ryan O’Neal Jordan, of Block 17C, Green Hill Drive, Silver Hill, Christ Church, after he pleaded guilty to stealing an $87 picnic ham from Cherish Cosmetique Incorporated on November 29.
He was seen by one of the officials at the establishment putting the item in a bag he was carrying.
When confronted he allegedly said, “I ain’t thief no ham, look de ham there.”
Jordan, who was represented by attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at, also told the court that while he was initially planning to steal the ham, he got scared and had second thoughts.
“I had it in my bag, but at the last minute I got frighten and took it out of the bag and put it on a box. I think the gentleman saw me [with the ham], but I didn’t take it,” Jordan said.
However, the magistrate pointed out that Jordan had “quite the history” of theft offences and had also been recently released from a prison after spending three months for a similar offence.
To add to his legal troubles, Jordan also pleaded guilty to assaulting Makajah Barrow, as well as Indica Thorne on November 26.
According to the prosecutor, Jordan went to meet his daughter who had just disembarked from a pleasure cruise.
However when he got there his daughter was involved in an altercation with Barrow. He got involved and drew a sword hitting Barrow about the body.
Sergeant Carmeron Gibbons told the magistrate that Thorne came to Barrow’s defence and Jordan poked her with the sword and made chopping motions at her. He missed, but pursued Thorne when she ran away.
Ma’at, in mitigating on the accused man’s behalf, told the magistrate that the father of two had come to the defence of his daughter who had felt threatened.
“Unfortunately he couldn’t control his temper and it erupted . . . and [he] found himself armed with a weapon. He was wrong . . . but in retrospect, hindsight is 20/20,” Ma’at submitted.
The Magistrate remanded him to prison until February 28 when the Thorne and Barrow are to appear in court.
He will know his fate on those offences then.