A mother of one, who was among three women found guilty of stealing several bottles of honey from a supermarket, was on Friday sentenced to four months in jail.
Tiffany Turton, 33, a URP worker, asked to pay a fine rather than jail time but a trace of her record revealed that she had previous convictions for larceny.
The other accused, Alisha Scott, 30, a mother of four, was fined $2,500 while Dana Conell, 36, a mother of one, was granted bail to reappear in court today for sentencing.
When the trio appeared before a San Fernando magistrate on Friday, prosecutor Sgt Denzil Alexander said 35 bottles of honey valued at $3,575, were discovered missing from MS Food City Supermarket in Debe on June 5. The following day, three women seen in camera footage stealing the honey the previous day returned to the supermarket. They were arrested and charges were laid by PC Trevor Rampersad.
Their attorney, Annalee Girwar, asked Magistrate Indira Missir-Gosine not to send the women to jail. She said they were willing to pay compensation.
The women said they split up the honey, and Scott, who is unemployed, said she tried to sell the honey to get money to buy groceries to feed her children. Turton said she also tried to sell the honey without success so she gave it to a church.
Turton had two convictions for larceny as well as pending matters. Scott, who had been placed on a bond previously for marijuana possession, was given one month to pay the fine or serve three months in jail.
Conell, who had two convictions for larceny and receiving stolen goods, was granted $25,000 bail with a cash bail alternative of $10,000. The magistrate delayed her sentencing to allow her to provide the court with proof that she suffered from a certain ailment.
SOURCE: www.guardian.co.tt (Sascha Wilson)