He initially pleaded not guilty, but after failing to find a surety reputed thief Arleigh Patrick Todd wanted to change his plea.
“You want to plead guilty, or you want to give me some time to think about this case over the Christmas season,” Magistrate Douglas Frederick asked him.
“I will give you some time to think Sir,” was Todd’s response.
The magistrate then remanded him to HMP Dodds until January 9, 2019.
The 64-year-old Todd of Upper Collymore Rock, St Michael, had initially denied stealing a chair and tables valued $290, on or between December 5 and 6,
the property of Shawn Knight when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.
Despite having over 60 convictions, the majority for theft, Todd told the magistrate he had been trying to stay out of trouble since he was released from prison last year.
“I haven’t been in jail for over a year. I have stayed out of trouble since then. I am trying hard,” he promised.
And while Frederick lauded him for walking the straight and narrow, he told him that he would prefer for him to be off the streets at this time of the year.
“You are a reputed thief so it is a remarkable achievement that you have not been in trouble for over a year.
“But this time of the year isn’t a time I want you to be on the streets. I’d prefer you to be on remand over the Christmas period and let me think about what I should do with you when you come back,” the magistrate told him.