Two years, three months in prison for stealing and lying to officer


Tribune Court Reporter


A MAN was sentenced to two years and three months in prison in Magistrate’s Court yesterday after admitting to stealing $88 worth of goods from a shop and lying to an officer.

Victor Johnson, aka Alexander Thompson, 43, appeared before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans on charges of stealing from a shop, receiving and deceit of a public officer.

On September 17, the accused stole $88 worth of goods from Mama’s TGS convenience store on Andros Avenue. These items include Stoli, Jack Daniels, coconut rum and four grabba leaf packages.

Then on September 28 also in New Providence the accused deceived officer Alpheus Bevans by giving him a fake name.

In court the accused pleaded guilty to the stealing and deceit charges resulting in the receiving charge being withdrawn.

It was also revealed that the accused has offences with a previous one year sentence at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) for assault and stealing.

In addition to saying that he was recently employed, the accused claimed that the complainant in the stealing matter owed him an explanation for his actions.

Magistrate Vogt-Evans then called the accused a menace to society due to his repetitive criminal history.

As such she sentenced him to serve two years at BDCS for the stealing charge and an additional three months for the deceit charge to be served consecutively.

Before being taken back into custody the accused was told of his right to appeal sentencing within seven days.

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