A well-known convict has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for theft.
St Elias Charles, 47, who is a resident of St Michael, admitted today to stealing two perfumes valued at $343.98 from Cave Shepherd and Company Limited on April 6; two chocolates, two bottles of honey and a box of skittles worth $365 from No.1 Beauty Supply on May 7; and two cases of malt worth $90 from Andre Hampden on May 31.
In outlining the facts of the case, the prosecutor, Sergeant Cameron Gibbons, explained that Charles entered Cave Shepherd, went to the perfume shelf and placed the items in a bag before walking out of the popular Broad Street department store. He later sold the perfumes to a stranger on Fairchild Street, The City.
In much the same way, the accused entered No.1 Beauty Supply and stole the items, while the beverages were lifted from Hampden’s vehicle in a car park.
“Ma’am I have a drug problem which I have been denying for the past ten years,” Charles told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in defence of his actions.
However, the magistrate pointed out to the accused that his criminal career began “from way back”, with theft charges too numerous to count.
“I am not saying that I am not wrong, I am just saying I have been living in denial for the last six years,” Charles maintained.
His subtle plea for help did not fall on death ears as the magistrate sentenced him to six months for the crime committed against Hampden. This will run consecutively to his 12 month concurrent sentences for the other two offences.
He was also ordered to enroll in the drug rehabilitation programme during his incarceration.
However, Charles’ legal troubles are far from over as he is due to return to the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on August 9 where he has five more offences pending.