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A month in jail for cigar thief who threatened shop woman

Stealing a box of Cuban cigars is one thing, but threatening a sales assistant after the fact landed a 42-year-old Southampton man in jail for 30 days.

Kevin John Boys apologised in Magistrates’ Court yesterday, after hearing from the sole witness called to testify against him. He admitted stealing a box of Monte Cristo cigars from Pulp and Circumstance valued at $420 on Tuesday.

Sales assistant Tishae Davis testified that she felt threatened by the defendant while waiting for the police to arrive after the incident that occurred on June 5. “He sat there staring at me making threats,” she said.

“He said ‘I know where you work, I know what you look like, watch your back’.” Ms Davis told the court that she “started to tear up” because she was “offended and scared by what he said”.

Earlier she said the store manager sent her to go after the defendant once they realised he walked out of the store with the cigars. Ms Davis said she saw the defendant put the box of cigars in the trash outside Gibbons Company on Church Street.

The cigars were recovered out of the trash by the police. Mr Boys told the court he had no questions for the witness, nor did he have anything to say prior to sentencing.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said: “Shoplifting is a serious offence and there must always be a deterrent. But having been caught you then turned around and threatened the sales assistant when she was only doing her job, and that’s the grievous end of this whole thing in my view.

“Any sentence I give you must carry the deterrent component,” he said. The defendant was sentenced to ten days for stealing and 30 days for using threatening words to run concurrently starting from June 12.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Source: The Royal Gazette

A month in jail for cigar thief who threatened shop woman