Kittitian sentenced to prison for stealing tourist’s Blackberry

By: Gavincia Clarke

(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- Lionel Harvey of Dieppe Bay, St. Kitts will spend the next six months within the walls of Her Majesty’s Prison after pleading guilty to a crime he had committed.

Harvey appeared before the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 facing a larceny charge brought against him on Thursday, October 10, 2013. He pleaded guilty of stealing one (1) Blackberry phone belonging to Tracey Bonser.

The facts of the case read by Police Prosecutor, Inspector Stephen Hector are that Tracey Bonser; a British national vacationing on Nevis went to the Pinney’s Beach on the day in question. It was at about 12: 30 p.m. when Bonser went into the sea water and left her phone on the sand. While in the water, Bonser remembered Harvey being the only person walking along the beach. When Bonser left the water she realized her phone was missing. She quickly questioned the defendant who denied taking the item. Nonetheless, Bonser made a report to the Cotton Police Station. Officers on duty questioned the defendant. He then took the officer behind a shed on the beach where he hid the phone in a shell.

Harvey told the court that he was sorry. ‘I am human, we all make mistake’, Harvey said. He then apologized to the victim who was sitting at the back of the courtroom.

Her Honor, Yasmine Clarke told the court that he had five previous convictions. She sentenced him to six months imprisonment.

At this time Harvey begged for leniency and asked if he can pay a fine rather than being sent to prison. Magistrate Clarke told him that his action was giving a bad impression of Nevis.

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