ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A 34-year-old man, who reportedly stole 20 gallons of rum from his employer, was convicted and fined $4,000.
Henderson Martin appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in St John’s Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Martin pleaded guilty to larceny. He was given until August 31 to pay the monies or he will be imprisoned for one year.
Martin, the court heard, was employed at the Antigua Distillery Limited. During October last year, based on an audit done at the company, the General Manager Jerry Bento discovered that several items produced by the distillery were missing.
A report was made to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and inquiries were undertaken by a police sergeant.
Based on information, the 34-year-old man was taken into custody and he admitted to having the alcohol in his possession.
The 20 gallons of English Harbour rum, valued at $3,024, was handed over to the police and Martin was arrested and charged.
Attorney Michael Archibald told the court that Martin, who is not known to the court, was given the alcohol to hold by another person.
A restitution order was granted by the court.
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