While I understand the urgency of survival stealing and lying about it is not one of the avenues to do so. We all learn the hard way still in one form or another, hope this experience is one such teaching moment.
Canfield Dias' story, however, could not save him as the magistrate did not believe him and sentenced him to 12 months on a charge of simple larceny.
According to the police report, on April 4, at 11:00 pm the complainant was walking along Hope Road in the vicinity of Kingston YMCA when he was approached by Dias, who held him up and took his DL900 cellular phone from his pocket and ran across the road.
However, on Friday when Dias appeared in court he gave a different account of the incident.
According to him, he got dressed and left his house for Devon House but when he got there it was closed.
"So I was walking on the road and yuh know a whole heap a gays always up dere so, so me di a keep a close eye out and den a saw dis guy me nuh know if him a gay or anything and tru him see me and me look like nerd him start 'pssst' me but me nuh pay him no mind," Dias said
Dias said the man then approached him and started to take something out of his bag, which fell and he took it up as he thought it was a weapon.
"Me neva know say is a phone but when me look and see say is phone me neva give him back," he said.
"I don't believe the gay part. Anything go like that sir?" the magistrate asked the complainant.
"No maam," he quickly replied.
The complainant said he was coming from work when Dias approached him and said: "Yow, whey yuh a come from?" and he told him that he did not need to know where he was coming from.
"He then hold me in the corner and pushed his hand in my pocket, took out my phone and ran across the road," the complainant told the court.
The complainant said he saw two policemen passing by and told them what had happened and they drove down Dias and caught him.
The magistrate then reminded Dias that he had previously appeared before the court for robbery and asked him how many years he planned on spending.
"There was two police officer on the scene if they were here they would tell you that I didn't hold him up," Dias said.
But the magistrate told him that she was long past that stage and was at the sentencing stage.
Dias then asked her to give him a chance but was sentenced to 12 months in prison.
Following his sentence Dias returned to the dock still asking for a chance, saying: "Me neva intend fi rob him", but the magistrate told him that she had already passed the sentence and asked him if he wanted five years instead.