A 23-year-old St Thomas man, who stole a bottle of brandy for his sister’s birthday party, has been given a second chance to make smarter choices in life.
This morning Brandon Alexander Patrick Cox, of Chapman Village, St Thomas, appeared in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to stealing the brandy, valued at $183.96, from Massy Stores, Warrens, on January 3, 2018.
On the day in question a security officer at the store observed the accused picking up the bottle of brandy and walking around the supermarket with it. However, by the time
Cox was ready to leave the store it was observed that the brandy was no longer in his hand.
A subsequent search of his backpack turned up the bottle.
When questioned by police, the accused admitted to stealing the item, saying, “I needed it to carry to my sister’s birthday party and I didn’t have the money to pay for it.”
Before sentencing him to 120 hours of community service, Magistrate Douglas Frederick sternly chastised the young man who was not previously known to the court, questioning why he would tarnish his record over a bottle of brandy.
“You don’t work? You never hear about saving up money to buy things? I am trying to understand why you would keep out of trouble for 23 years only to go and do this silly thing now?” Frederick asked.
Cox was released on $750 bail and was told that no conviction would be recorded if he completed his community service.