Woman charged with theft of borrowed bicycle Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00

A crippled woman was dragged before the court on Thursday, January 28, after a man claimed she stole his bicycle. Kimberly Anne Lauriano, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of theft when she appeared before Magistrate Deborah Rogers. She told the court that she borrowed the bicycle and the owner, John Morgan, later accused her of theft when the bike was stolen from her at Friendship Restaurant.

Lauriano was arrested and charged with one count of theft. She was held overnight in lock down at the Belize Central Prison and appeared unrepresented in court. She wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the charge with an explanation. Lauriano said that on Tuesday, January 26, she borrowed the bike to go buy at Friendship restaurant because she cannot walk. She told the court that she locked the bike by its wheel but it was not there when she came out of the restaurant. When she went to explain to Morgan what had happened, he became upset and allegedly threatened to kill her for his bicycle. She said he never believed the bicycle was stolen and even though she promised to pay him back for the bicycle he went and reported her to police.

Considering her condition, Magistrate Rogers was very sympathetic towards Lauriano. For the guilty plea, she ordered Lauriano to compensate Morgan for the cost of his bicycle, $170, and did not levy any additional fine.