Raymond Quashie of Georgetown was sentenced to 6 months when he appeared before magistrate Bertie Pompey at the Georgetown Magistrate Court and pleaded guilty to being in possession of 136 oranges without lawful excuse.
Quashie was caught with the oranges in a knapsack and a bag by lawyer Grant Connell and others at Congo Valley. Connell was at the time visiting his farm at Congo Valley last Friday afternoon…
The Georgetown man was apprehended and the Georgetown Police Station was contacted and a report made. He was subsequently handed over to police officers who were dispatched to the scene.
Quashie told the court that his television needed to be fixed so he intended to sell the oranges to get the money to pay someone to fix it.
Sergeant Winston Tittle, who is attached to the National Prosecution Service, told the court that people like Quashie were in the habit of going to people’s lands and taking what they want.
Connell told the court that such persons believe they are entitled to other people’s property. He said it was a sad situation where farmers had to work so hard, face such abuse and still remain silent for so long.
He said that it was very unfortunate Quashie was employed with the St Vincent Cocoa Company because his crime had nothing to do with his employment but that it was just sheer worthlessness and bad mind for him to go and steal.