A theft case against a St James man will continue in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court on October 30.
Derricks resident Anthony Rudolph Thorpe is on trial before Magistrate Douglas Frederick charged with stealing a bottle of liquor worth $14.58 belonging to JG’s Wholesale on September 2, 2014.
Police constable Michael Haynes and his colleague PC Jerry Lowe went on duty to Cobble Street where they met with the manager of the establishment and a security guard.
According to officer Haynes, the security guard informed them that Thorpe entered the store, took up the bottle and exited without paying.
The officer further recalled that the guard said that he pursued the accused and escorted him back to the store.
The manager then handed over the liquor bottle which he observed was broken at the top and half empty.
He then asked Thorpe what he could say about the allegations and the accused replied: “nutten ain’t happen . . . I gine pay for it.”
After informing Thorpe of his rights he was taken to Central Police Station where he refused to give a statement.
The officer then identified the bottle but said the liquid had evaporated given the length of the time that had elapsed and the fact that the top was broken.
“I object to that! When I was arrested it had rum in it . . . I don’t know what this bottle is,” Thorpe declared after the officer had pointed to initials which he had placed on an adhesive tape four years ago.
Officer Lowe’s evidence also mirrored that of his colleague. Both officers were also crossed examined by Thorpe who claimed that he had $30 in his hand at the time.
However, both officers said they did not recall the accused having any money.
“Man you mekking sport, you telling lies,” Thorpe declared as he declined to look at the officer’s initials on the bottle.
“Man I don’t really want to see that bottle . . . that duh full of rum!”