THURSDAY, JUNE 28: A man who took a battery from a wrecked bike lying in the street was fined $500 today.
Leonard Wayne, 43, pleaded guilty to stealing a motorcycle battery valued at $72.50 on May 16 in Devonshire.
It belonged to Gavin Collery.
The court heard at 9am that day, PC Homer was on duty outside the US Consulate when he got a report of a man stealing bike parts.
PC Homer then looked down the street and saw a bike lying on the road.
He also saw a male get on a bike and ride in his direction.
The officer stopped the man, Wayne, and asked him what he was taking from the bike.
Wayne told the officer he took the battery and was arrested.
He said to the officer: “I only took the battery because my battery can’t fit in my bike properly.”
Wayne also said because the bike was damaged and involved in an accident, he thought it wasn’t needed.
Addressing the court, Wayne said: “For the most part, those facts are correct.
“I was coming past the bike and it must have been in a collision.
“It was spread out about 15 feet and there were parts on the sidewalk.”
He continued: “I saw the condition it was in and I needed a battery to get my bike licensed.
“It was a moment of foolishness.
“I took the battery off the bike because the battery I had didn’t fit in my bike.”
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner gave Wayne a $500 fine.