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Last chance to walk the straight and narrow

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For the next year, Brian Sergeant will have to walk the straight and narrow path. If not, he risks spending six months in jail.{{more}}

Senior Magistrate Donald Browne, on Monday May 5, 2009, at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, slapped a one year suspended custodial sentence on the 50-year-old man after he pleaded guilty to stealing appliances valued at over $2,460.

Before he could be sentenced for his unlawful act, Sergeant reassured the court that he would no longer break the law and was willing to walk the straight and narrow path. “This is the first time in 15 months I getting in trouble. If you could put on me on a bond, ah go behave myself from now on, and ah go be a good citizen,” Sergeant said.

The facts read out in court stated that between the dates of April 29th to 30th, Colin Davis of Friendship Bay, Bequia, travelled to Trinidad and Tobago, and upon his return, he docked his boat in Port Elizabeth.

While at home, Davis received information about his boat from a man who handed over items to him which had come from his (Davis’) boat. Investigations were carried out into the matter, which subsequently led to Sergeant. A pair of Binoculars and a Depth Sounder among other items, were recovered.

Reading out Sergeant’s laundry list of previous convictions for similar and other offences, Magistrate Browne said that it was clear from his past convictions that he was not behaving himself. “It seems like you can’t take care of yourself, but I know the prisons will take good care of you,” Browne said.

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