One male jailed and one female fined at the Magistrate Court on Tuesday

By: Gavincia Clarke

(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- An alert neighbor led to the arrest of a ‘sticky finger’ individual who decided to invade the privacy of someone’s home and stole one thousand ($1000.00) in cash.

Veon Sutton of Craddock Road on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 appeared before the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court. He was charged with the offense of larceny. The incident took place on December 29, 2013 at Crosses Alley, Charlestown. He pleaded guilty to the charge.

The information as read by Police Prosecutor, Inspector Stephen Hector stated that Romona Peris left her home at Crosses Alley and went to ‘Traila’ Spanish Bar. The neighbor of Peris said she was at home when she heard a noise coming from Peris’ home. The neighbor said she called Peris’ name a few times and after she received no answer she went over to her house. Upon her arrival she saw what appeared to be a hole in the door. Then she saw Sutton coming out of the house.

Peris was alerted and later, she discovered that a sum of $1000.00 E.C. was missing from her purse.

Sutton who was unrepresented was then convicted and sentenced to 24 months imprisonment by Her Honor, Yasmine Clarke.

Andrea Richardson
Andrea Richardson

Also in Court on Tuesday, a female was convicted and charged after taking ownership of 58.4 grams of vegetable material suspected to be cannabis.

Andrea Richardson of Prospect Estate and Javan ‘Batly’ Bartlette of Bath Village appeared before the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court both charged with cannabis possession. However, Bartlette pleaded not guilty of having in his possession cannabis to supply to another. In light of Bartlette’s not guilty plea, Police Prosecution offered no evidence against him.

Andrea on the other hand pleaded guilty and as a result Police Prosecution proceeded with the case against her.

It was reported that about 4: 30 a.m. Constable Hanley along with other officers executed a search warrant on the premises of the defendant. During the search, inside of a laundry container filled with clothes, officers retrieved 33 dime bags containing cannabis.

A sum of $830.00 belonging to Bartlette was also found and taken into police custody along with the vegetable material.

Richardson told the court that she does not sell the drug but she admitted that she smokes it.

“How come you have them parceled out in dime bags if you’re not a dealer?” asked the Magistrate.

To this Richardson indicated that it was Thursday and she was having a few friends over. “Oh, so you were going to share with your friends?” Magistrate Clarke rebutted.

Richardson was convicted and fined $3500.00 to be paid in 6 months or in default she will serve 12 months in prison. Her Honor also placed a restitution order that the sum of money be handed back to Bartlette.

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