Morrison Thomas, of Pointe Michel, was fined $3,000 after pleading guilty to the theft of a male goat before a Roseau Magistrate on Friday.
According to reports Thomas stole the goat, valued at $500, belonging to Cyrus Boyer of Pointe Michel between April 20 and 21.
Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Valda Powell, who presented the facts of the case, said Thomas cultivates vegetables among other produce in the close vicinity of Boyer’s farm.
She stated further that Boyer left four goats on his farm and when he returned noticed that a brown and white goat was missing.
Boyer reported the matter to the Police Station and during investigations the police officer discovered that the goat had been stolen by Thomas and sold to Denis Chaseau of Giraudel.
Police went in search of Thomas and met him at Pointe Michel.
When cautioned Thomas revealed that he met the goat on his land destroying his crops, so he took it and sold it to Chaseau in hopes of receiving some form of compensation.
Chief Magistrate Candia Carrette-George warned Thomas that he should not take people’s animals and sell them.
She advised Thomas that he should have contacted someone from the Agriculture department to take pictures of the crops that the goat had destroyed and then file a civil claim in order to receive compensation.
Magistrate Carrette- George also warned Boyer that he should keep his goats tied and away from Thomas’s property.
Thomas has to pay the $3,000 fine by October 31st or in default spend six months in prison.