Lawyers in a vehicle theft case of a Christ Church man have agreed that a fine is punishment enough for the perpetrator.
But State attorney Senior Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas has warned Coverley Development resident Hasani Kayode Boyce who has previous convictions for theft, that “if he returns on another similar charge, there will be no fine on the table, it will be a straight custodial sentence.”
Thomas was making submissions for sentencing to Madam Justice Pamela Beckles after defence attorney Sade Harris urged the court to impose a fine on Boyce.
Thomas has suggested that the amount should be in the region of $10 000, with the necessary deductions.
Boyce had previously pleaded guilty to stealing a $10 000 motorcar belonging to Rodney Lewis, between October 3 and 12, 2018.
He had rented the car from Lewis initially for two weeks but asked to use it for a bit longer. No money was forthcoming for the rental and Lewis tried to contact Boyce with no success.
The complainant sought the help of a mutual friend and Boyce told that individual that the car needed cleaning.
Lewis then contacted the Licensing Authority about the vehicle and was informed that it had been sold. A letter of transfer had apparently been used with a signature purporting to be Lewis’.
The car, according to the facts read by Thomas, had been sold to an Indian man for $8 000, who then resold it for $15 000 to another man. The vehicle was later recovered.
The case will continue before the No. 5 Supreme Court on June 29.