Oistins Magistrate Elwood Watts has ordered a 32-year-old truck driver to repay money he received for work that was never done.
However, the complainant has to say whether she will take her money back in installments or wants a lump sum.
Steven McAllister Payne, of Wilson Village, Lodge Road, Christ Church pleaded guilty in the court yesterday to stealing $7,200 belonging to Angela Chaplain on April 12.
Police prosecutor Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett told the magistrate that Chaplain had paid Payne to do a job, but he never did it.
Magistrate Watts chastised Payne for not holding up his end of the deal, even though he was paid up front.
“You are a workman; people trust you to get the work done when they put money in your hands. You can’t sully the profession,” he told the truck driver.
The magistrate then granted Payne bail in the sum of $10,000, pending sentence, which he secured with one surety.
He returns to the court on Friday, and Chaplain is also expected to make an appearance on that day.
Over in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, Tre Jamar Harris made his first appearance on several charges yesterday.
The 23-year-old resident of French Village, St Peter went before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant accused of driving a car without a licence or insurance on Deacons Road, and not stopping when police turned on a siren.
He pleaded guilty to those charges.
However, he denied being in possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, and trafficking of the drug on the same day.
Harris was jointly charged with Dakovan Rasheed Husbands, 22, of Rose Hill, St Peter.
They were granted $5,000 bail each and ordered to reappear in court on July 18.