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Hungry thief faces fine, or 10 days of being fed

A hungry thief has been given the option of paying a $100 fine, or serving ten days in prison and being fed three meals a day.

Stanley Gibbons, of Sandys, was handed the punishment in Magistrates’ Court, yesterday, for stealing $10.86 worth of food from MarketPlace.

The 55-year-old admitted that he entered the Somerset store on Wednesday and placed a package of fried chicken legs, a package of ground beef and taco sauce in his coat pockets.

When asked if he had anything to say, he replied: “I was hungry at the time, I had some change but I didn’t have enough. It was a foolish thing to do and I’m sorry.”

He also told the court he doesn’t have a full-time job but does odd jobs that include masonry and tiling.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner told the defendant that he understood that times are hard and that there are a lot of people who are “going without”.

But he said: “You being hungry does not make it right and this court does not and cannot condone stealing, ultimately this must be discouraged.”

He ordered the defendant to pay $100 right away or serve ten days in prison.

Mr Warner said: “If you’re that hungry and can’t pay the fine they will feed you there.”

The Entrance to the Westgate correctional Facility in Dockyard Photo David Skinner

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Published May 04, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 04, 2013 at 8:43 am)

Hungry thief faces fine, or 10 days of being fed

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