A young woman was given the assurance today that she would not go to jail but was warned not to find herself “in this situation again because this is
Magistrate Douglas Frederick was speaking to Crystal Amanda Browne after she admitted stealing a $20 foundation stick from Paradise Beauty Supply on Tuesday.
Sergeant Martin Rock told the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court that Browne, of Golden Ridge, St George, entered the store and placed three items into a basket. She then inquired about a fourth item which the clerk gave to her.
At the cash register, Browne paid for three items but exited with four. When the guard confronted her, she handed over the make-up, which was in her handbag.
Police were called in and while they were conducting a search at the police station, they came across 1.5 grammes of marijuana in her purse.
When Magistrate Frederick questioned Browne about the drug possession and her use of the substance, she said she had been using it for the past three months because she was under “a lot of stress trying to find a job”.
Speaking on her client’s behalf, attorney-at-law Naomi Lynton said Browne was “extremely apologetic” for her actions, which she considered “not only wrong, but stupid”.
She was still unsure as to why she did it, Lynton said, adding that the woman was currently taking a course in make-up artistry and needed the foundation for it. The lawyer said she was not excusing Browne’s behaviour but was providing the court with an explanation.
When the magistrate pointed out that Browne could have taken the $18 (the value of the marijuana) and bought the make-up, the court then learnt that someone had given Browne the cannabis.
“The same person who gave her drugs to get her in trouble should have given her money to buy the foundation,” he suggested.
“If somebody is going to give you something, let them give you something to build you up rather than something that would be detrimental to you,” he added.
“I have to rub it in like Bengue’s [balsam] so she won’t come back here,” Frederick told Browne’s attorney.
A presentencing report was ordered on the first-time offender, who returns to court on April 20. She remains on $3, 000 bail until then.