A man who admitted to stealing four bunches of plantains and two batteries was this afternoon charged and fined $10,000 for the offence after pleading for mercy from the presiding magistrate.

Kevin Lawrence, 36, a miner of Pine Street, Mackenzie, Linden, pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge which stated that, on May 8, 2019 at Pine Street, Mackenzie, Linden, he stole two 12-volt batteries valued at $42,000 and four bunches of plantains valued at $12,000, both belonging to Quasi Bowen.

The man was heard praying throughout the court proceeding, asking the lord for forgiveness for his actions.

In his explanation to the court, he said, “I give back the man the batteries and I had no right entering his bus and removing the plantains. Madam, give me a chance and anytime you see me back in court, cruel me.”

According to information, on the day in question the victim had parked his vehicle on Pine Street, Mackenzie and went to conduct his business.

Shortly after his return, he observed that the batteries and four bunches of plantains were missing. He then reported the matter to the station and police, acting on information, arrested Lawrence.

When told of the allegation, Lawrence admitted to entering the bus and removing the articles. He also told police officers that it was a mistake and that it would never happen again.

The Chief Magistrate, after listening to both sides, fined him $10,000 or, in default, 21 days of imprisonment. She also told him that she does not want to see him back in court.


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