(CMR) A man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison by a Bahamian Court after admitting to breaking into a church and stealing US$6 worth of hotdog buns.
Elkeno Wallace (41), who told officers he was starving, was charged with shop-breaking and stealing from a place of worship. Reports are that on September 13, Wallace broke into the East Street Gospel Chapel through a southern window. He went to the kitchen of the church's auditorium, where he stole the food.
A deacon alerted the police to the break-in. Wallace admitted to the offense and was arrested on the scene. When he appeared in court on Thursday, he pleaded guilty to both charges.
According to local reports, Wallace, who asked for the court's mercy, told the magistrate that he was beaten shortly before the incident and had no choice but to go to the church.
Wallace said he also needed a monthly injection for an unstated medical condition.
The presiding magistrate sentenced the accused to two and a half years on the shop-breaking charge and one year on the stealing charge. These sentences will be served concurrently at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services. The magistrate ordered that Wallace is to be given his medication while in custody.