A 17-year-old service station cashier who admitted to stealing more than $1,450 belonging to a customer was Thursday ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.
When she appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, Shontelle Onisha Lewis of Kendal Hill, Christ Church pleaded guilty to stealing BDS$1,450 and US$20 belonging to Tyrone Yearwood on June 7.
According to the prosecutor, Yearwood went to a service station where Lewis was employed, paid for some items and left. However, when he checked for his wallet later that day, he could not find it and retraced his steps which took him back to the service station. Lewis gave the wallet back to him, but without the money inside.
Video footage from security cameras at the station showed that Yearwood’s wallet had dropped and was picked up by another man who immediately handed it over Lewis.
She was interviewed and reportedly told police that she was experiencing some financial problems. The money was recovered and Lewis was arrested.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick imposed the community service after having a conversation with the young woman.
She has to return before the same court on August 25 to give a report of her progress.
In another case before the same magistrate, a 20-year-old man was granted bail on a charge of having sex with a minor.
Adrian David Roachford-Gittens of Flagstaff Main Road, St Michael is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl on June 6.
He was not required to plead to the indictable charge.
With no objections to bail from the police prosecutor, Roachford-Gittens was released on $5,000 bail and warned to stay away from the teenager.
He is scheduled to make his second appearance before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on September 14.