Man gets five years for stealing salt fish

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Man gets five years for stealing salt fish
Salt fish
Salt fish

Repeat offender Gaspard William of Chisel Street, Castries today stood shell shocked as he was handed four years for stealing from a business place and one year for assault with a deadly weapon.

“Five years, my honour? Five years?” was Williams’ only response when he received the sentence.

William stole six packs of salt fish valued at about $85 on September 19, 2011 from OK Supermarket on Micoud Street.

The court heard that the defendant assaulted the security guard and ran from the scene. However, William claimed he was collared and ransacked by the security guard and threatened with a knife.

But the prosecution said it was William who assaulted the guard with the knife, which had been concealed on his person and then fled the scene. William was also able to elude some SSU officers who were in close proximity and gave chase.

Prior to this offence in September 2011, William was convicted of similar offences and had been given a six-month suspended sentence and placed on probation.

As a result Magistrate Charon Gardner found no reason to be lenient with William, despite his pleas and expression of innocence.

The maximum sentence on the charge of stealing is two years imprisonment. However, the magistrate may at his or her discretion double the maximum sentence for repeat offenders. In this case, William had violated the probation, which earned him an automatic six months. He is currently awaiting trial on two other similar matters.  As such, Gardner felt moved to impose the maximum sentence as well as to apply the double-jeopardy to it.

William was also handed a one-year sentence on the assault with a deadly weapon charge.

The two sentences will run consecutively with the six-month sentence being served concurrent with the sentence for stealing.

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  1. couldn't help but laugh.....Job well done Judge. Let us use this as an example. Stealing is still a criminal act. It is not right to believe you steal, you get caught, you spend 6 months or less in jail. Get treated with grand style at the hotel in dennery where u get the saltfish cooked and then let out to steal ham at christmas time. serves him right!!!!!

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  2. God help you if you are a MR Nobody in this land, i wonder what next. I saw persons do far worst ang get far less, i dont agree that he should do what he did but 5years my god.

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  3. This magistrate head need to be examined. Just absurd sentencing. Abuse of power! Sentencing should be proportioned to the crime.

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  4. That guy if he was hungry, could he eat six packets of salt fish ( assume one pound each)for a meal, five years, no "sympathies"

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  5. Wonder if he`ll steal again. This judge should of had the past few cases posted the past few weeks were ppl were getting light sentences because of their name,schooling etc.

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  6. The magistrate is sending a note 2 criminals out dere. Hope dey take hid. During ancient times the guy arm wud b chopped off. 5 years is better dan life time witout limbs

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  7. She don't play easy, she needs to be given some more serious offences to deal with, take down some of those criminals who get off with just a warning.

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  8. Nahhhhh....5 years that is way to much for a petty thief ...that magistrate is mental .. She should start doing .. murder cases....Bloody hell

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    • Based on the facts stated here,4 years for the theft...its not too much...after all he is a repeat offender!!!...examples need to be made of them

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    • Wow,

      He was on probation for stealing, PLUS had other cases pending for stealing.

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  9. we need more like her to carry out severe punishment to those individuals who are found guilty of their crimes.

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