When a 27-year-old cashier went before a Bridgetown magistrate yesterday, she confessed to stealing her workmate’s cellular phone.
Chytonia Elizabeth Branch, 27, of Carrington Land, St Philip was before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court No. 2.
According to Station Sergeant Irvin Kellman, the cashier, who works at a Bridgetown store, shares a work station with the complainant Krystal Haynes.
On the date of the offence, Haynes went to the bathroom after leaving her cellular phone in a compartment by the cash desk. On her return five minutes later, she did not see the phone and questioned her co-worker about it. However, Branch became aggressive.
Haynes reported the matter to the police. After investigations were conducted, the phone was recovered from someone else and Branch was arrested and charged.
Attorney-at-law Oliver Thomas urged the court to consider Branch’s timely plea, her admission to police and her hitherto “good character.” He conceded, though, that the act was “one of dishonesty” and there ought to be trust among co-workers.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant ordered a presentencing report on the first-time offender.
After speaking with Branch, a probation officer recommended 180 hours of community service.
The matter was adjourned until December 18.