A 45-year-old man will have to pay $3,000 in fines or spend four months in prison, after he was arrested and charged for praedial larceny-related offences.
Ave James of Malabar, Arima appeared before Arima Third Court Magistrate Gill on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to the charges.
The court heard that around 11:30 am on Saturday, officers of the Praedial Larceny Squad received a call that a man was seen in cultivated lands on Andrew Lane D'abadie, picking pommecythere with a rod.
A Party of officers who were on mobile patrol in the area, responded and caught the 45-year-old man red-handed.
He was arrested and taken to the Arima Police Station, where he was charged by WPC Thomas of the Praedial Larceny Squad, for being found on cultivated lands and larceny of the 11 pommecythere.
James who has matters pending for firearm and malicious damage offences, was given two months to pay a fine of $2, 000 or serve two months simple imprisonment for the pommecythere.
He was also given 14 days to pay an additional fine of $1,000 or serve 2 months simple imprisonment for being found on cultivated lands.
The Praedial Larceny Squad indicated that they have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to praedial larceny offences and that they intend to prosecute any and all offenders.