Jail for Dasheen

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Face­book blew up this week with per­sons com­ment­ing on what they thought was a stiff penalty handed to a Vieux Fort man who had stolen EC$40 worth of dasheen.

Orig­i­nally it was stated that the ac­cused was fined EC$5,000. How­ever of­fi­cials of the Prae­dial Lar­ceny unit con­firmed on Fri­day that the in­di­vid­ual was to be fined EC$500 or face three months in prison.

Ti­tus Al­bert aka Tye of Con­ton­ment, Vieux Fort who was charged by Sec­ond Dis­trict Court in Vieux Fort on Mon­day for the of­fence of Prae­dial Lar­ceny, opted to serve the jail term, claim­ing that he was un­able to pay the $500 fine. As a re­sult he was sent to the Borde­lais Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity where he will spend three months in­car­cer­ated.

Al­bert was ar­rested for steal­ing a quan­tity of dasheen val­ued at forty dol­lars be­long­ing to a woman of Vieux Fort.

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