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Jose Augustine behind bars after failing to pay outstanding fine

34-year-old Jose Augustine  is now serving time after he appeared before Magistrate Emmerson Banner, on a single charge of theft. In court Augustine, who was unrepresented, wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charge. Augustine told Magistrate Banner that he stole whiskey to sell it for one hundred dollars each so he could help his sick mother who he claimed is hospitalized. Allegations are that on August 26, 2019, he stole two bottles of black label whiskey from Chinese businessman, Argie Kwok. Magistrate Banner fined him one thousand dollars plus five dollars cost of court, which he was ordered to pay by September 30, in default, one-year imprisonment. But an old fine which was outstanding since June landed Augustine in prison.