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Rum thief sentenced to community service

Published:Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas


A St James man who stole three bottles of Appleton rum from the wholesale store at which he was employed was sentenced to perform 100 hours of community service, when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court last Monday.

Twenty-year-old Philbert Gordon, of Spring Mount, had previously pleaded guilty to simple larceny. It had been alleged that, on an undisclosed date, Gordon had attempted to steal three two-litre rum bottles by strapping them to his legs. However, he was caught on the wholesale's security cameras, following which he was arrested and charged.

"Have you paid back the money yet?" Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie asked Gordon, in reference to the cost of the stolen liquor.

"No, Your Honour," said Gordon.

"Sir, you will have to pay back the money; that is the first thing. It is J$1,400. Do you have that?" asked RM Tie.

"Yes, Your Honour," said Gordon.

"I am going to impose what is called community service on you. You are going to work, and you will not be paid," said Tie, before ordering Gordon to perform 100 hours of community service. However, it was not stated under what conditions the sentence would be carried out.