Vendor steals umbrella from former employer

COURT TODAY BLOCKA coconut vendor who stole a broken umbrella belonging to his former employer, was fined $750 by acting Magistrate Alliston Seale last Friday.

Derron Robert Blackman, of Gullyfield Avenue, Bayland St Michael, pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

He stole the $400 item between April 10 and May 14 this year.

Sergeant Neville Reid said that Cherice Sylvester is a beach vendor who operates at Pebbles Beach. The 23-year-old worked for the woman for nine months before leaving her employ in January.

Sometime between April and May, Sylvester noticed that some of her umbrellas were missing. She reported the matter to the police.

While she was passing through Whitehall No. 3 last week, she recognised one of her umbrellas beside a house.

She informed the police and accompanied them to the house. She saw Blackman there and he later admitted stealing the umbrella.

“Why did you steal the lady’s umbrella? And why were you so stupid as to put the umbrella near your house?” asked the acting Magistrate.

Blackman replied that he was using it for shade and at the time he found it, the bones were broken and he repaired it.

Blackman, who has previous convictions and has already been placed on a bond and fined, has to come up with the $750 in six weeks or he will spend nine months in jail.

“You got to sell quite a few coconuts . . . ” Seale added.

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