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‘Hard times’ man gets a break

RANDY BENNETT, [email protected]

‘Hard times’ man gets a break

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The leniency of the court was extended yesterday to a man who said he was going through a rough patch.

Keith Nicholas Trotman, 32, of no fixed place of abode, avoided jail after he pleaded guilty to loitering on Browne’s Beach with the intent to commit theft on November 5.

When he appeared in the District “A”’ Magistrates’ Court, Trotman told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant he was frustrated with the little money he had been receiving while working.

“I’m going through a tough time in my life right now,” he said.

“When I work, I can’t reach over $300 and I felt like the whole world was on my shoulders. I want to live a good life and even get married and get a wife. I just want something good in life.”

However, the magistrate warned the first-time offender that nothing in life came easy. She told him he needed to work hard to achieve his goals.

“Any work which is legal is not bad. Everyone has a role to play in society. But I want you to know that nothing good comes easy,” she said.

She then placed him on a bond to keep the peace for six months. If he fails to do so, he will incur a $750 forthwith fine or six weeks in prison.

The court had heard from police prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons that police received some information and went to the area of Cavans Lane, The City.

When they got there, they saw Trotman climbing boulders. After monitoring him for about ten minutes, police approached him and asked him to give a reason for being in the area, but he could not. (RB)