Man sentenced to six months in prison for stealing groceries


A convicted thief will be confined behind the walls of Her Majesty’s Prison for the next six months after he admitted to larceny of several cases of food items.

Yesterday, Daren Buckley told the court that on January 16, 2021, he stole a case of corned beef, a case of Stayfree, a case of canned peas, and milk, amounting to $435.45.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing three more cases of goods from the same individual, four days later. Those items were valued at $119.58

In both instances, Buckley was caught on CCTV camera removing the items from a bus which the complainant had parked on St John’s Street.

He was observed stealing the items from the vehicle just after midnight on the days in question.

After she realised that the items were missing, the complainant reviewed the camera footage, which she later took to the police station and made an official report.

Buckley was subsequently arrested and charged.

The court also heard that none of the stolen items had been recovered.

Buckley also violated the curfew restriction to commit the offence, however, he was reprimanded and discharged for that complaint.

Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh presided over the matter in the St John’s Magistrates’ Court yesterday.-DAILY OBSERVER

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  1. Darren again!!! That young man has a record as long as my arm. There is something wrong. What can be done about a habitual thief? Is it possible to rehabilitate someone who is habitually stealing from others. When they get prison time are they counselled, are any life changing skills taught to them.
    I know that young man and he could have been a very good track and field star. He could run…some say faster than the wind. If only that talent had been harnessed. I feel sorry for him at the same time that I do not feel sorry for him. I know that sentence makes no sense but having fallen victim to his nefarious ways many times I cannot feel sorry each and every time he is caught, for I know there are numerous times when he has not been caught. At the same time, he had such talent that just was not utilized. I do not know what sentencing guidelines the court had to be guided by, however his history within that very court should have hopefully played a part in his sentencing.
    The residents in the area that he is from can breathe again, for at least six months.

  2. Is he a career petty criminal? I wondered what were his reasons for stealing those things.To eat,to sell,give to others. Seems to me that 6 months is a bit too long a sentence for the crime. When I have read in Antigua and Barbuda. In the Courts men have been with under aged girls. They would be given what amounted to probation.Not a day in 1735. Are there double standards in the Courts sentencing procedures by the Magistrates?

    • Me want dem gee he community service inna fu u community an he bruk inna fu house or car and teif ya shit and den we want fu see if u ga sing one different tune. Da man ah one blasted teif anna jail he ass deserve fu be

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