She stole three perfumes with the intention of selling them to help her children.
However, Shakira Patricia Worrell almost ended up behind bars for Christmas and the New Year.
Luckily for her though, Magistrate Douglas Frederick was feeling the holiday spirit, and instead sentenced her to 200 hours of community service when she appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.
The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing three bottles of perfume from Duty Free Caribbean yesterday, totaling $505.97.
When asked what drove her to steal the items, the first-time offender told the Magistrate she did it to provide for her children.
“I apologize. I did what I did on behalf of my two children, my 11-year-old son and my one-year old daughter. I was going to give one of the perfumes to my mother, one to my father and then sell the other one to get money for the children,” Worrell explained.
She said she used to work at a cleaning company, but had stopped working two weeks ago.
In his response, Magistrate Frederick told her the only reason he wasn’t remanding her to HMP Dodds was because she was not known to the court.
He urged her to teach her children that “values were more important than material things”, instead of stealing to provide for them.
According to police prosecutor Sargeant Martin Rock, Worrell entered Duty Free Caribbean and proceeded to the area where the perfumes were being sold.
She then placed the three perfumes in her handbag and proceeded to exit the store, but was stopped by a security officer. A search was conducted and the stolen items were recovered. Police were called in, investigations were carried out and she was arrested and charged.
Worrell was released on $1,000 bail and will return to court on February 26, 2016.