More than two years after the act was committed, a 21-year-old woman today owned up to stealing a cellular phone.
Denisha Natalie Sabrina Phillips, of Durant’s Village, Holder’s Hill, St James, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant to stealing the electronic device from Damien Small on November 25, 2015.
According to prosecutor Constable Victoria Taitt, the two parties met on Morris Gap, Westbury Road, St Michael after Phillips said she was interested in purchasing the phone, which Small had posted for sale on a social media site.
She inspected the item at the meeting place and gave it back to Small and left. She later returned and informed Small that she wanted to take the item to her mother for her to view it as she was the one with the money.
Small showed good faith and handed the item over. However, Phillips never returned and after a futile search, the matter was reported to the police.
It would take over two years before Phillips was finally caught.
Her luck ran out when Small spotted her yesterday at Argofest and pointed her out to police.
However, the phone was not recovered.
Phillip is expected to know her fate on April 26 when an official from the Probation Department hands in her presentencing report which was ordered after her mother told the court that “she had no respect for nobody and needed some community service in order to find her way again”.
Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant informed the mother that such a request was premature given the order for a report.
“That girl does not behave herself,” the mother stressed, while revealing that she had to put Phillips out of her home and did not want her back there.
“Your mother has raised concerns about your behaviour and you might want to take a step back and sometime to reflect,” Cuffy-Sargeant told the accused as she granted her bail in the sum of $1,000.