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May 4, 2012

Honest thief told judge he wanted to smell right

Daniel Burke

There are quite a number of characters that end up at the courthouse. An honest thief presented himself before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer Thursday. We’re not sure to what degree his secret move in a supermarket would have gone until he received the axe effect by an employee who caught him. If you didn’t get the branding message yet, eighteen year old Daniel Burke was charged with stealing and applying a deodorant to his armpit. Why?  Inside Magistrate Frazer’s courtroom, Burke pleaded guilty to stealing the arm stick valued at nine dollars and twenty-three cents, as well as a pack of chocolates from Save-U Supermarket on Thursday.  During testimony Burke told the court that he simply lifted the items so he could clean himself up since he could not make it to his home on Police Street of all places.  Magistrate Frazer accepted the plea from the honest thief, and imposed a three-month suspended sentence during which Burke must remain crime free, but not deodorant free for a year since he is a first time offender.  In default Burke would have to serve a three-month sentence at the Belize Central Prison.

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8 Responses for “Honest thief told judge he wanted to smell right”

  1. Storm says:

    I hope this young man sees that he chose a wrong path, and takes advantage of this judge’s mercy to get back on the right path.

    I support mercy for first offenders where the offence is minor and non-violent.

  2. Paco Smith says:

    I think the Magistrate went a bit easy on this fellow.

    Maybe it was due to the requisite guidelines, but I believe that the simple “slap on the wrist”, won’t prove as effective as making him do some sort of community service or something along those lines. Although he fessed-up to the crime, I believe the overarching goal of the court should be to send him a definitive message which demonstrates that such behaviour is intolerable and it shall be met with tangible repercussions.

    If we are serious about effecting positive change, we must begin by applying such rationale to all offenses, despite the presumed pettiness of the crime.

  3. RadicalBelizean says:

    Firstly, there is no such thing as a “honest thief”. The term is oxymoronic. Secondly, I cannot believe that this warrant that this child face is plastered all over the national (and internet) news.

    At least having being hauled in front of the magistrate for the total sum of roughly $10, I am glad to see that common sense have prevailed. I think imposing a three-month suspended sentence is quite acceptable. Hopefully he has learnt a lesson and will stay on the right side of the law.

  4. Stephen says:

    That is a waste of time to send that kid to jail, he should be put to work at one of our public hospital for a month and the money he make be paid into court. At the end of that he is to get a two year probation or the magistrate should commit him to join the army and make something for himself. Stop destroying these kids life and give them a positive start. going to jail is not the answer as that only mes up their mind and their life get destroy we are human and made some mistakes. Please consider and do right for this kid. PS I do not know him but it is sad to destroy his life, putting him in the army and the salary he get while in training is to be paid to the court and only a stipend for his personal hygiene usage.

  5. jose says:

    good judgement hes a first time offender maybe he change

  6. OUTSPOKEN! says:

    Well at least he’s honest and dignified. Not many criminals today have a high self-esteem and is willing to admit in public that they needed to do something about their personal hygiene. I certainly don’t condone stealing, but I admire this guy’s honesty and candidness!

  7. ILoveBelize says:

    Ayeeeeeee…….Something new every darn day!!!

  8. BeFair says:

    It’s not a new thing…it is good judgement! I pray that that this young fellow will learn from this. He cannot say he was not given a ‘chance’!

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