Addict admits stealing liquor – The Royal Gazette | Bermuda News, Business, Sports, Events, & Community

Log In

Reset Password
BERMUDA | RSS PODCAST

Addict admits stealing liquor

A 43-year-old man admitted stealing a bottle of liquor from The MarketPlace to pay off debts.

Richard Dill, of Long Bay Lane, Somerset, pleaded guilty when he appeared at Magistrates’ Court to taking J&B Scotch whisky without paying on July 21.

The court heard that around 9.30am he was seen putting the alcohol bottle down his pants at the Church Street store. He was confronted by staff and tried to flee, but was held until police arrived.

Prosecutor Robert Welling said: “The aggravating feature is that of the struggle with the members of staff who were trying to detain him.

“I would suggest that is a significant aggravating factor to justify a custodial sentence as it is a resist on those who have a duty to interact with members of the public.”

Dill said he owed someone $50 and was planning to sell the alcohol to pay the person back.

“I owed him some money and I didn’t have any money. I thought my life was in danger so that is why I tried to sell it to pay off those debts I owed.”

He said he had problems with drug addiction and was working to get clean.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner ordered a social inquiry and BARC report on Dill. He released him on $2,000 bail, with one surety, and ordered him to reappear for sentencing on August 30.

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published August 03, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 03, 2011 at 9:38 am)

Addict admits stealing liquor

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon