Margarita Pech/Noralez, a 35 year old mother of a one month old baby pleaded guilty to burglary and theft on Monday February 22. As a result of her guilty plea she was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
Noralez appeared before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser, where she was charged with burglarizing the home of Kelsey Musa. She was additionally charged for stealing from Dr. Martha Habet, a doctor employed with the KHMH. In court Noralez opted to plead guilty to both crimes and as a result was sentenced to 6 years in prison for burglary and a year for theft.
On Monday February 15, 2016 Noralez was charged and arraigned for theft for which she was remanded to prison. On Monday February 22 she was brought down on a warrant for a burglary charge she picked up in 2015. That matter was set for trial.
On May 29, 2015, Noralez had been accused of burglarizing the home of Kelsey Musa, where she stole a number of items, mostly jewelry from inside Musa’s home with a total value of $3,235.00. In court, Pech told the Senior Magistrate that while she was pleading guilty to the charge she was not the only one who committed the burglary. She explained that a young man held her at knife point and whilst she was pregnant, he forced her to enter Musa’s home and ordered her to take items and bring it back to him. She said the young man whose name she claimed she had since given to police, threatened to stab her up and kill her with her unborn child if she did not comply with what he was telling her to do. Pech said she did as was ordered and that is why she was charged.
The evidence against Pech was overwhelming however since surveillance camera footage viewed by the police at Musa’s house showed only Pech entering and burglarizing the house which is why Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser told her that her story makes no sense. Pech said that that is because she was the only one who entered the house but that when she came out, the young man who forced her took what items he wanted, then gave her the items he had no use for.
Police had found Pech with several of the stolen items and she was charged with burglary and handling stolen goods. For handling the stolen goods she was sentenced to 1 year.
While at court Pech also took the opportunity to plead guilty to stealing Doctor Martha Habet’s wallet which contained cash and her personal items. This theft had occurred at the Emergency Ward on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 where Doctor Habet was working and had seen Pech who visited the KHMH to remove stitches from a C-Section she received whilst giving birth. During that visit a surveillance camera caught Pech stealing Dr. Habet’s wallet which was inside her purse which she had left in the staff quarters in the Emergency area.
After pleading guilty to burglary, she changed her not guilty plea for theft to guilty, Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser imposed a one year prison term upon her. She ordered that the two sentences are to run consecutively with each other hence she will have to serve 7 years effective Monday, February 22, 2016.
In mitigation, Pech who was unrepresented begged the court for leniency and said that she has a baby to care for but Senior Magistrate, Sharon Fraser said her hands are tied and that she cannot impose a fine due to her record which shows that she has 20 convictions before the court with four of those for crimes of dishonesty. She has two burglary convictions both in 2005, one of which she spent 5 years in jail for. She also has one for theft back in 1999, for which she spent jail time for as well and another term back in 2000. She also has a conviction for handling stolen goods from in 2002 for which she was fined.