Two men charged for stealing boat engine

first_imgLocalNews Two men charged for stealing boat engine by: – March 17, 2014 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 31 Views   no discussions *not actual photograph of stolen engineOne man of Mahaut and another of Newtown have been fined for stealing one 75HP outboard Yamaha engine valued of $8000.00, the property of Jonathan Alexander of Mahaut.Al Toussaint, 21, of Mahaut and Bernard Mitchell Phillip, 21, of Newtown both pleaded guilty to theft of the engine when they appeared before Magistrate Arley Gill on Monday, March 17, 2014.Police prosecutor inspector Valda Powel told the court that on the March 11, 2014 at about 4PM, Jonathan Alexander secured the engine at the Mahaut Fisheries. The following day, March 12, he returned around 7AM, found that the engine was missing and made a report to the Mahaut Police station and the police responded and visited the scene of the alleged crime.Later that day the investigating officer met Al Toussaint at the Mahaut market and inquired whether he knew anything about the report, to which he responded “all you doe tired tie me?”He was arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to the Mahaut Police Station for further questioning.Toussaint later revealed to the police that on March 11, he and Bernard Phillip went to Mahaut about 2AM and took the engine.They traveled by boat to Donkey Beach in Canefield, where they hid it, then the next day they loaded it on a vehicle and took it to Point Mitchell to be sold.The police subsequently visited Bernard Phillip at his job and cautioned him on the report, to which he responded, “what tie is that?” He was also arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to the Mahaut Police Station. While in custody, Phillip admitted to the crime and told the police “all you know everything let’s go and get the engine”.The police went to Point Mitchell where they found the engine in a boat on the shore. Alexander was brought to examine the engine and he confirmed that it was indeed his engine which had been stolen.Attorney at Law Joshua Francis who represented the defendants, pleaded with the court not to impose a custodial sentence considering that his clients id not waste the court’s time and cooperated fully with the police.He said that Toussaint has no parents and is a fisherman by trade, while Phillip is part of the Icons Football Club who is engaged in positive activities. Toussaint, who was Alexander’s employee said, “I had no right to do that and I am sorry, I spent five days in the cell, did not bath or eat properly, I think I learn my lesson”.Phillip also apologized to Alexander for stealing his engine.“Al is known to the court and has several similar convictions, having no parents is no excuse, at what point is he going to grow up,” Magistrate Alley Gill questioned.He sentenced Toussaint to six months imprisonment while Phillip was fined $1000.00 to be paid in two months.In default of payment, Phillip will spend one month in jail. He was further sentenced to six months in jail which was suspended for two years. If he commits another offence during this two year period, he will have to serve the six months imprisonment.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more