Despite a passionate mitigation plea by lawyer, Joshua Francis, repeat offender, 21-year-old Al Toussaint of Mahaut, was sentenced to six months behind bars by magistrate Arley Gill.
Toussaint and Mitchel Bernard Phillip of Newtown were arrested by the police on March 12, 2014 for stealing a Yamaha 75-horse powered outboard motor in Mahaut.
It belonged to Johnathan Alexander.
They both admitted to the crime when interviewed by the police.
Reports are the engine was stolen in Mahaut, brought to Donkey Beach in Canefield and then transported to Pointe Michel for sale by the two.
Toussaint has a track record and is very well known to the court and police while Phillip is a first time offender.
“They have not wasted the court’s time, they have fully co-operated… and are sorry and remorseful for their actions,” Francis told the court in mitigation when the two appeared in court on Monday.
Toussaint, he explained, is an orphan since both his parents died while he was very young.
He implored the court to impose a “none custodial sentence” on the men.
“Give him (Toussaint) that one more chance, Your Honour,” Francis remarked.
In response, Magistrate Gill stated that the stealing of someone’s livelihood is a very serious offense.
He also applauded the work of the police in the investigation of that matter.
“The police needs to be applauded for their efforts in investigating that matter and their prompt and swift arrest,” the Magistrate said.
The court also heard from Alexander, engine owner, who said that Toussaint worked with him as a fisherman and he knew about his boat.
“I tried to help him, he is working for me and stealing from me,” Alexander told the court.
For his part Toussaint, he said, has been given several chances and he needs to take hold of his life.
Meantime, Phillip told the court he got involved in the matter because he was “in a little situation and needed some cash.”
He was fined $1,000 to be paid in two months or in default he would be sent to jail for one month.
He was also given a six months sentence which was suspended for two years.