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Sonia Bainton, charged with damaging a cement column Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:00

Two friends of the Ladyville area found themselves in trouble with the law when an iPhone 6, valued at $1,200, was found in their possession. The incident occurred on Saturday, April 21, 2017 when police responded to a report of robbery on the Old Airport Road. The woman, Sonia Bainton, and her friend, Edward McKay were accused of robbing Neil McClenaghan, a British soldier. Bainton and McKay were both detained and taken to the Ladyville Police Station.

Bainton is in more trouble as she managed to destroy a cement column, valued at $500, while in detention. In court, Bainton pleaded guilty to damage to property but not guilty to handling stolen goods. McKay, charged with two counts of handling stolen goods, pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Allegations are that while in detention on April 22, 2017, Bainton was acting lawlessly and disorderly and caused damages to a cement column, property of the Government of Belize.

She pleaded guilty to the charge and because it was her first offense for such a charge, Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser imposed a non-custodial sentence where Bainton was fined $300 and the cost of court to be paid by May 3, 2017 in default 3 months imprisonment.

Bainton was also ordered to pay compensation in the sum of $500 to the Government of Belize. As it relates to the charge of handling stolen goods, Bainton pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned for June 15, 2017. Bainton was offered bail of $1,500 which she was able to meet.

Beside the charge with Bainton, McKay was charged with a count of handling stolen goods for a red and silver wrist watch and a black watch, each valued at $300, properties of McClenaghan. McKay pleaded not guilty to both charges but was denied bail. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison by Fraser until June 19, 2017.