The third time also proved to be the charm for a well-known shoplifter.
Angela Thorne, 57, of Woodstock Road, Spooners Hill, St Michael was granted bail in the sum of $2500 with conditions, after pleading not guilty to stealing items valued $74.54 from BJ Value Market Inc yesterday, when she appeared at the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.
She also has to report to the Black Rock Police Station on Mondays and Wednesdays by 10 a.m.
Thorne is currently on bail from two other shoplifting charges.
And while Magistrate Douglas Frederick told the middle-aged woman that she was a known shoplifter and that “her name was well known in shoplifting circles,” the death of her brother and the fact that the alleged incident occurred after the Christmas holidays worked in her favour.
“If this had happened before Christmas I would have remanded you to prison, but luckily for you Christmas is over,” Frederick said.
Police prosecutor Sargeant Neville Watson had earlier objected to bail, citing that Thorne was already on bail at two other courts for shoplifting.
He argued that she also had antecedents of a similar nature, which showed she had the propensity to commit these types of offences.
However, Thorne’s lawyer Naomi Lynton noted that it was not her client’s fault she was on bail for a matter which was four years old, and which had yet to begin.
Additionally, she argued it had been 10 years since her client had last been convicted.
Frederick agreed with those submissions and ordered her to return to on February 10, 2016.