62-y-o Theft-accused blames Bob Marley celebrations for his actions
A man who admitted stealing mosquito coils blamed his actions on excessive drinking, due to celebrations for Bob Marley's birth-week.
"I was celebrating Bob Marley's birth week and drink too much...I forget the coils in my pocket"
This was the explanation of Paul Raymond Leacock, 62, of Bayville, St Michael, after he pleaded guilty to stealing the box of coils worth $1.39 from Popular Discounts Incorporated, Spry Street, St Michael.
Prosecutor Sergeant Theodore McClean said Leacock was seen entering the store and walking through the aisles on February 10. A security guard on duty kept Leacock under observation and saw him taking up groceries and placing them in one hand. However, he placed the coils in his pocket.
Leacock then went to the cashier, paid for the groceries and proceeded to leave with the coils still in his pocket.
As he left the guard stopped him and told him what he observed. Leacock was searched and the coils were found.
Leacock, who had no previous convictions, was reprimanded and discharged.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick presided over the matter in the District "A" Magistrates' Court.