Jul 11, 2008 News Comments Off on Porter lands in court for stealing umbrella
A porter was fined $35,000 with an alternative of 12 months’ imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to a simple larceny charge.
The accused, Mark Campbell, made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court where Principal Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle read the charge to him. It is alleged that on Monday June 30, he stole one umbrella, valued at $30,000, property of Jerry Bacchus.
To the charge Campbell pleaded guilty then he proceeded to tell the court that on the day in question he saw the umbrella on the parapet at Jerries Snackette on Waterloo Street and picked it up.
Campbell said two days after someone came to him and informed him that the umbrella belongs to the owner of Jerries Snackette. He added that he only picked up the umbrella because the sun was extremely hot.
However, contrary to this Police Prosecutor Denise Griffith told the court that the umbrella reportedly went missing around 21:30 hours on June 30.
She said that acting on information received two employees of Jerries Snackette went to the infamous Globe Yard where Campbell admitted to taking the umbrella and selling it to someone.
After this bit of information surfaced, the Magistrate asked Campbell how come the sun was hot at that hour of the night. He then said that it was dew that was falling heavy.
Campbell, who told the court that he lives at Alliance Road, Timehri, indicated that he did not wish to waste the court’s time but wants the matter to come to an end.
He further pleaded with the Magistrate to be lenient with him.
Magistrate ordered Campbell to pay a fine of $30,000 or spend an alternative of 12 months in prison.
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