Thursday 21 November, 2019

12-month prison sentence for elderly habitual supermarket thief

Despite receiving support of some $60,000 monthly from his children who live abroad, a 71-year-old man who has been described as having an addiction for stealing from supermarkets, has still been up to his old tricks, which have now landed him in prison for 12 months.

The Clarendon man was sentenced to the prison term after he attempted to flee from a supermarket in Junction, St Elizabeth earlier this month without paying for good which he had in his possession from the establishment.

Guy Lennox of May Pen, the Clarendon capital, pleaded guilty to the larceny charge that was subsequently laid against him and did not waste the court’s time.

He was down for sentencing on Friday in the St Elizabeth Parish Court, and then came some harsh realities about his life.

The allegations against him were that on Tuesday, October 1, he was seen removing several items from the supermarket in Junction.

He was then seen attempting to make a hasty retreat from the establishment, but was accosted by a security guard.

The items in his possession reportedly valued slightly over $5,000.

The police were summoned and Lennox was arrested and charged.

At the sentencing hearing, it was revealed in his social enquiry report that he had no reason to be stealing, as he received approximately $60,000 monthly in financial support from his children overseas.

Additionally, over the past 18 years, he has tallied 18 convictions for similar offences spanning six parishes, including Manchester and Clarendon.

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