Magistrate tells coconut thief “don’t do it again”
Kelroy Patterson
From the Courts
October 28, 2022
Magistrate tells coconut thief “don’t do it again”

An unemployed man of Layou who stole a quantity of coconuts valued at almost $400 was spared a custodial sentence when he appeared in court on October 24.

Kelroy Patterson, 23, was ordered to pay compensation and placed on a bond when he appeared before Senior Magistrate, Rickie Burnett in the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on a charge of theft.

Patterson was charged that on October 21, he entered the premises of a resident of Questelles and stole a quantity of coconuts valued at $396.00.

The defendant who told the court that he is unemployed, pleaded guilty as charged.

“Because you are still relatively young, and have no previous convictions and you entered a plea of guilty I’m not going to send you to prison for this offence. I’m going to allow you to change your life, walk on a different road…,” the senior magistrate told Patterson.

The accused man was ordered to pay compensation in the sum of $264.00 by December 31, 2022, in default of which he will spend two months in prison. Patterson was also bonded for one year in the sum of $1500.00. The senior magistrate also advised him not to do it again.