A 57-year-old man was today reprimanded and discharged, after Magistrate Wanda Blair described his theft case as “the weirdest ever”.
James Louis Prosper, of Diamond Valley, St Peter, appeared before the Holetown Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to stealing a $229 cordless phone and a $99 answering machine belonging to Kim Medford, sometime between April and June 2009.
However, Station Sargeant Janice Ifill revealed that Medford, who had been ordered by the High Court to leave a private residence, had engaged Prosper’s cleaning services, and in doing so he had removed a number of things, including the aforementioned items, and placed them in garbage bags for disposal.
Medford later reported the matter to police, and in the course of their investigation, Prosper admitted to taking the property from the residence and inadvertently disposing of it.
He also informed lawmen that he had offered to pay Medford for the items, but said she refused to accept his compensation.
Eight years later, the matter reared its ugly head again, with Prosper standing before Blair today charged with theft.
“This is the weirdest facts I have ever come across for a theft case,” the magistrate said, pointing out that the accused was
asked to do a job.
“I don’t see where the dishonest intention comes in,” she said, while also noting that the virtual complainant did not want compensation.
She therefore ruled that no conviction would be recorded against Prosper who was not previously known to the court.