One month in prison for stealing chair covers Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:00

Kent Vernon, a 44-year-old fisherman of Olivera Street in the Saint Martin de Pores area, Belize City is serving a one month sentence imposed on him after he stole a woman’s chair coverings from off her clothes line. His sentence started Thursday, July 13, 2017 after he appeared before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. Vernon, who is no stranger to the court and who has a list of convictions for crimes of dishonesty, begged the court for leniency but with convictions for theft and handling stolen goods, he could not be spared jail time.

Allegations are that on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, he assisted in the disposal of two grey chair covering with a value of $40.00, the property of Kayla Reynolds. Acting upon information received, CIB personnel visited Reynolds who said that sometime between 9:05 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., someone stole her two chair covers. As a result, WPC Keshana Robinson visited a lot situated in the area where they saw the defendant. When Vernon noticed that they were police, he ran. The police set chase behind him and caught up with him in a house where they found the stolen chair covers. As a result, he was charged with handling stolen goods.

In court, Vernon pleaded guilty to the charge. He explained that Reynolds is the daughter of the woman he is dating and was simply borrowing the covers. Despite his claim and because of his record, Magistrate Mendoza could not impose a non-custodial sentence. He was sentenced to one month in prison for the offense.