A 62-year-old man, who stole a bottle of alcohol from Popular Discount Supermarket, must pay a fine in two months time if he wants to avoid spending time in jail.
Ronald Michael Brathwaite, of King William Street, St Michael, stole the $16.59 item around 3:55 p.m. yesterday from the supermarket’s Spry Street branch.
Brathwaite, who is well known to the law courts, was spotted by a security officer putting the bottle in his pocket after removing it from the display shelf.
“I begging you Ma’am please for a little break. I can’t do no time in jail. Please for a fine or something,” Brathwaite pleaded with Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.
Acknowledging that Brathwaite had been out of the system for a long time since his last conviction in 2008, the magistrate imposed a $600 fine, which he must pay within the next two months.
If he breaches that order he will have to spend 12 months at HMP Dodds.
Brathwaite must return to court on April 6 to show proof of payment.
A restitution order was also granted for the stolen item to be returned.