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Drug addict jailed for stealing socks

A drug addict who stole a pack of socks to fuel his habit has been jailed for 28 days after he refused help for substance abuse.

Raymond Robinson, 55, pleaded guilty last month to stealing $24 worth of socks, Magistrates' Court heard on Monday.

However, Robinson refused to attend drug treatment court or participate in a Bermuda Assessment and Referral Centre report that could help with his drug problem.

Robinson, from Pembroke, said: “The charge that was read out, that's not me any more. I don't need any help.”

Robinson had stolen the socks from Arnold's Discount Warehouse in Pembroke on March 11. A social report revealed that Robinson had a history of stealing goods to pay for drugs.

Jonathan White, Robinson's lawyer, said that the low value of the items stolen should mean a fine. He added: “It would be an awful shame if we were sending people to Westgate over $24 worth of socks.”

However, Nicole Smith, for the prosecution, argued that Robinson was a repeat offender and did not take part in “helping services”, which made prison time a necessary punishment.

Magistrate Maxanne Anderson sentenced Robinson to 28 days in prison and made a restitution order for $24.

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Published May 01, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated May 01, 2019 at 8:17 am)

Drug addict jailed for stealing socks

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