At age 58, Mackleton Dacosta Wood racked up his 88th conviction today.
However, it will be at least another 18 months before he will get an opportunity to add to that tally since he will be behind bars.
Wood admitted before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant to stealing four bottles of wine, valued $127.05 belonging to D.H.B Holdings on May 16, 2018, but his pleas for leniency from the magistrate fell on deaf ears.
“I’m begging for some help. I have a drug problem,” Wood told the court.
However, Cuffy-Sargeant pointed out to him that he had been given several chances to clean up his habit.
Holding up several conviction cards strung together, she said he had recorded his first conviction in 1985 and was still getting into trouble up to this day.
Of his previous 87 convictions, 84 were for theft.
To make matters worse, Wood said he had only been released from prison last month.
“This is less about the value of the items you stole and more about your age. Your history goes back to 1985 and you have been given many chances,” Cuffy-Sargeant said.
When she told him he would be spending 24 months at HMP Dodds, Wood exclaimed: “Who? Two years?”
It led the magistrate to deduct six months from the initial sentence.
The court had heard from prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons that around 2:50 p.m. yesterday the accused entered the Sol Service Station in Bay Street, St Michael, went to the wine chiller, took out three bottles of wine and placed them in a bag he was carrying. He then went to the fridge, took up another, placed it in his waist and proceeded to leave.
When he realized he was being followed by staff he dropped the bag containing the wines, breaking two of the bottles.
After he ran away, he was spotted by police in the area of the Garrison Savannah and was held.
While being searched, police found the third bottle of wine.
“I take it from Sol Service Station,” was his response when asked to account for it.