A carpenter, in his 30s, had to part with $600 today after he was found guilty of purchasing a stolen cellular phone over six years ago.
Damian Renaldo Weekes, of St Lawrence, Christ Church, was charged with dishonestly obtaining the $1,000 electronic device knowing or believing it to be stolen between October 11, 2011 and January 10, 2012.
“That day I was walking when I saw this guy named Andre. I accustom of getting things from him. I bought the phone from him and it turned out to be stolen . . . and when I got to court I understand that it was robbed from somebody else,” Weekes said as he gave an unsworn statement today.
However, Magistrate Douglas Frederick found him guilty based on oral statements he allegedly made when he was detained for the offence.
Frederick explained that Weekes had told the officer back then that he knew ‘it was a hot phone because I got it at a deal’.
“If you are in doubt, leave it out! Face a reputable place to get your stuff,” the magistrate said as he chastised Weekes and imposed the fine.