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.