He derailed a man’s dream of completing his home.
And for that, Shaquille Akeem Farley will spend nine months behind bars.
The 23-year-old was handed the sentence by Magistrate Douglas Frederick after pleading guilty to stealing a wheelbarrow and a generator belonging to Amos Springer on July 2, 2018.
The two items had a total value of $4, 187.
Farley, of third Avenue, Park Road, Bush Hall, St Michael, is currently serving time in HMP Dodds, and pleaded with the magistrate not to give him a custodial sentence.
He asked Frederick to place him on a bond to keep the peace, while promising he would not get into any further trouble.
Farley said he had not been in trouble with the law for three years and had only committed a “small crime”.
However, the magistrate was quick to point out to him that his offence was not a minor one.
“That man probably saved up so that he could afford to build his dream home. Do you know that building a house is the single biggest accomplishment and investment by most
Barbadians?” Frederick asked the accused.
“Your actions may have set back that man from completing his dream. All because you wanted fast money and didn’t want to work for it.”
The court heard from Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds that the complainant is constructing a house in Station Hill, St Michael, and had erected a galvanize sheet to store the items.
On the day in question, police received information that there was suspicious activity in the area.
When they got there they saw the accused with the wheelbarrow, which he tried to get rid off.
The generator was never recovered.
“If you want something, you should work and save, make that sacrifice,” the magistrate told Farley. “You can’t look to steal whenever you need money.”