Not for the first time, 58-year-old Mackelton Dacosta Wood, of no fixed place of abode, has been convicted of stealing ham, and will spend the next six months in jail.
Wood, who had 84 convictions to his name, 82 of which were for dishonesty, including ham theft, was convicted for the 85th time today after he was caught attempting to steal three hams worth $238.38 from Popular Discount supermarket on Spry Street, The City.
The court heard that Wood entered the supermarket just after opening today, placed the hams in a shopping basket, and later transferred them to a haversack before making his way towards the exit.
When a security guard pursued him Wood dropped the bag during his escape bid but was captured.
In examining his conviction card the magistrate noticed that Wood had been before virtually every magistrate on the island.
“I missing one or two, Sir,” Wood responded to that observation adding that he would like help for him addiction.
“What are you addicted to ham?” Magistrate Douglas Frederick asked.
“I won’t say that,” Wood replied, adding: “I does smoke, I live on the streets . . . I addicted to drugs.”
However, Frederick in handing down the sentence pointed out that Wood had many opportunities in the past for rehabilitation, of which he had failed to take advantage.
“You are an elderly man now. When you come out try to better yourself,” the magistrate advised.