David Lewis, 43, of Scotts Head was handed a suspended sentence for stealing a bunch of banana from Germaine Nicholas of that same community.
If he commits a crime between now and this time next year he is expected to pay $2,000 or spend six months behind bars.
Lewis appeared in court on Tuesday before Magistrate Evalina Baptiste.
According to the facts of the case, on April 3 the complainant informed police of the missing bananas and the suspected theft.
Police went in search of Lewis and when he was approached and questioned on the April 17, he admitted to the offense saying, “I take it but I did not sell it, I take it for me to eat.”
In his plea for leniency Lewis told the court, “I never come to court before, I just come out and fish and I take it for me to cook.”
In handing down the sentence Magistrate Baptist reminded Lewis of the gravity of stealing agricultural produce, however she took into consideration Lewis had no previous offenses and in pleading guilty he did not waste the court’s time.
For now Magistrate Baptist has requested that Lewis pay $40 in compensation or spend three weeks in prison.
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