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Man accused of $30,000 heist but convicted of stealing 6 ‘Bad Man’ rum; given $500 fine

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2024. 3:25 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: A contractor from Caledonia who was accused of stealing over $30,000 worth of valuables from an apartment he was working at in 2019, has been convicted of theft but only for 6 bottles of ‘Bad Man’ rum valued at $84.

Ismael Sabido Patt was originally charged in January 2020 for theft. He was accused of stealing over $30,000 worth of items from an apartment building where he was contracted to do work. During his initial arrest, Patt had confessed to taking six bottles of “Bad Man’ rum but denied taking the other stolen items which included sunglasses, hammocks and an assortment of liquor.

In court, the prosecution could not prove that Patt was the one who stole all the missing items as other people were also working at the building during that time. Ultimately, the court could only take into account Patt’s initial confession and so last Thursday, four years after he was initially charged, he was convicted only for taking the bottles of rum he admitted he stole.

He was imposed a non-custodial sentence and was fined $500 plus $5 cost of court.

 

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