A 34-year-old mother of eight was yesterday granted $80,000 bail after she appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
It was alleged that Shondel Jacobs of 129, Lamaha Springs, on March 16 last, stole one NIS voucher, two identification cards and one ATM card belonging to Marvin and Roanna Royce.
It was further alleged that Jacobs, on the same day, with intent to defraud, obtained from the Campbellville Post Office, $9,940 by means of an NIS voucher belonging to the virtual complainant, under the pretext that she was given authorisation to collect the money.
She pleaded not guilty to both charges. Attorney at law Patrice Henry is representing her. According to the lawyer his client who is the mother of eight minor children has an unblemished record prior to this incident.
He further asked for bail in a reasonable sum, adding that she would return to court if given her pretrial liberty.
Marvin Royce, who was present in court, stated that he was at the Survival Supermarket and accidentally left his bag on the counter.
Royce further explained that after he realised that he had left his bag at the supermarket he returned and was told that the defendant took the bag into her custody.
He said that he later made a report to the police about the matter.
Police Prosecutor Seetaram stated that nothing was recovered. The prosecutor did not oppose bail. The accused is expected to make another court appearance on June 11.
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