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.
• It is The Royal Gazette's policy not to allow comments on stories regarding court cases. As we are legally liable for any libellous or defamatory comments made on our website, this move is for our protection as well as that of our readers.