When 21-year-old Mario Ricardo Absalom found himself in a “death or life” situation, he thought his best course of action was to commit three criminal offences.
The St Christopher Road, Silver Sands, Christ Church resident pleaded guilty today to stealing a $20 bag, a $23 cheque book, as well as BDS$324.72 and US$164 in cash belonging to Winfield Foster on March 26.
On that same day, the accused admittedly failed to pay Foster $300 for transportation services rendered.
On April 6, he also committed the same crime against Gerry Luke after $150 in transportation services were rendered.
In explaining what happened, Sergeant Cameron Gibbons said Absalom engaged Foster’s services, as a driver, to transport him to Pricesmart and then to Sheraton Centre, during which time he also borrowed $182.
From Sheraton they returned to Pricesmart where Absalom exited the store after asking Foster to watch the shopping cart, in which he had placed several items. He then opened the cubbyhole of Foster’s vehicle and took Foster’s property before making his escape.
Almost two weeks later he pounced on Luke who he met at the fish market in Weston, St James. Absalom requested transportation to Pricesmart and then to Bridgetown, but disappeared in Cave Shepherd without paying Luke for his services.
He arrested and charged on April 22.
“When I hired Mr Foster it was a death or life situation for me. I was not thinking that time, I had to pay a fella. I was threatened and I had to get a certain amount of money,” Absalom told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.
He further explained that Foster, at his request, had taken him “to someone . . . [but] I didn’t get through”.
“Basically Mr Foster was so open that he had given me some of [the money that I was asking for] [but] I started to feel a little bad about it,” Absalom said.
His situation worsened when Foster informed him that he was a former police inspector.
“More fear come to me . . . . I didn’t know what to do . . . . It was a situation that I shouldn’t have gotten myself in, that I was trying to get myself out of,” he said.
The situation with Luke he explained was basically the same.
“I was just trying to see what I could have done at that point in time but it didn’t work out for me either,” Absalom said while appealing to the magistrate to impose a fine or community service on him.
“It’s hard for me Ma’am. It is not easy but we all make mistakes and I take it to heart,” he said before he was remanded to prison until May 16 pending sentencing.