A Savings Plus employee who was “was taken advantage of” has pleaded guilty to stealing just over $550 worth of mainly alcoholic drinks from his place of work.
Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Laurie Gaskin of No. 5 Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St Michael confessed to taking two cases of Guinness, a case of Smirnoff, two cases of beer, one case of coke light and four cases of Deputy beer worth $556.72 from the Savings Plus warehouse at St Michaels Row, The City on August 10, and delivering the items to a stall at Nursery Drive, The City.
Prosecutor Sergeant Edwin Pinder said Gaskin did not follow the store’s guidelines for removing drinks. However, the young man’s attorney Duana Peterson argued her client did “not deliberately set out” to commit the offence and was “led astray by someone who was older [who] influenced him to make the wrong choice”.
“This is out of character for him. He was taken advantage of,” the attorney said, adding that her client was willing to apologize and compensate the store.
“I would like to apologize to the court, to my family [and others]. This will never happen again,” Gaskin told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, who ordered a pre-sentencing report and set an October 26 date for Gaskin to return to court after granting him $500 bail.
He was also warned to stay away from all Savings Plus outlets until the matter is adjudicated.
Meantime, a 44-year-old carpenter was released on $1,000 bail when he appeared before Cuffy-Sargeant, charged with dishonestly receiving two cases each of Banks and Deputy beer worth $185.96 on August 10, knowing or believing them to be stolen from Savings Plus.
Percy Junior Gill of No.1 Peidmont Park, Long Gap, St Michael Gill pleaded not guilty to the offence and since there was no objection to bail on condition that he agreed to staying away from all Savings Plus outlets until the completion of the case, bail was granted.
Gill returns to the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on December 17.