The Barnes Hill Community Development Organization (BHCDO) is reminding citizens and residents of the country that Praedial Larceny is considered a serious criminal offence.
Upon conviction, an offender faces a fine of $2,000 and 12 months in prison on the first offence.
A conviction on a second offence sees an increase of the fine to $5,000 and 2 years imprisonment.
“We just thought that we needed to remind people, especially those of the Barnes Hill Community, that the law frowns upon such deviant behavior, which threatens to severely hamper the efforts of farmers and other stakeholders to develop agriculture in Antigua and Barbuda.
“That it is just a handful of corn, some sweet potatoes and a papaya will not allow for special consideration before the courts. We can agree that sometimes things may become quite challenging but there are better ways to overcome than to take what you did not toil to produce,” said the organization’s president Timothy Payne.
“Am honest conversation with the people responsible for the development of the space and the produce to be harvested is usually a good. ”
“Those operating to the contrary can rest assured that the BHCDO is prepared to take firm action against those who prefer to operate under the cover of darkness and especially in this curfew period.,” he added