Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delpleche has zero tolerance for persons who resort to stealing as a way of life.
The Prosecutor was visibly irate at the Serious Offences Court on Monday when Sion Hill resident Curtis Joseph told the Court that he stole four pairs of socks from the Cloud9 apartment store in Kingstown, because he was under the influence of alcohol which caused him to lose control of his senses.
Joseph gave the explanation after pleading guilty to the charge.
However, Joseph’s criminal record prompted the Prosecutor to question whether Joseph had lost control of his senses every time he stole people’s belongings.
The record showed that Joseph had 32 previous convictions, the vast majority of them being theft related.
“Talking about you lost control of your senses. We have to put a stopping to this, we have to. We are compelled to, and we bound to,” the Prosecutor declared, and told Joseph, “You too thief!”
On August 10, a supervisor at the store was informed that a man was seen putting socks into his crotch, before he exited the store.
Footage of the incident recorded on CCTV was handed over to the police who carried out investigations, resulting in Joseph being arrested and charged.
Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne, following the sentencing guidelines, sentenced him to four months in prison on Monday.