Murrell admits to three counts of stealing money

COURT TODAY BLOCKWhile purporting to be an employee of Hanschell Inniss Distributors, Mark Rudolph Murrell swindled several persons out of cash between March and April this year.

Murrell, of 2nd Avenue Rendezvous High Ridge, Christ Church, admitted to three counts of stealing money when he went before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today. Those were that on March 20 he stole $176 belonging to Krystal Blackman-Burton; on April 21, $50 from Daniella King and $300 from Christina Charlemagne-Mayers on April 25.

On the first date, Murrell went into a store offering breakfast items for sale. Blackman-Burton, along with other workmates, bought packages of nuggets, tins of tuna, hotdogs and other items.

The manager of the store, who paid for items, accompanied Murrell through Shepherd Alley in the City, until Murrell told him at one point to “wait there” until he returned with the items. He never did.

Regarding the second charge, Constable Andrew Henry told the court that Danielle King knew Murrell by name, since he frequents the mobile store where she works.

On the date, Murrell called the woman and told her he now worked for Hanschell Inniss and had items for sale. Further, if her purchase totalled $50, she would get an extra package of drumettes. She placed an order and Murrell said he would deliver the items the following day.

When he arrived the next pay, Murrell said he did not have the list with him at the time and so took her order a second time. He took the woman outside and showed her a truck which was parked in an alley, saying it was his. She paid $50 to Murrell, who then asked for two bags to put the items in.

She handed over the bags but Murrell never returned with the meat products.

In the last instance, Murrell approached food-stall owner Christian Charlemagne-Mayers. She too was told that he was a Hanschell Inniss employee and had meat products for sale. After receiving $300 from the woman, Murrell promised to return with her order but did not.

Today, when the magistrate referred to Murrell’s previous convictions – which were for similar offences – he replied: “That is when I was on drugs Sir.”

Murrell said since he left prison three years ago, he worked for Nature Care but that contract ended and he has been only doing odd jobs since then to help his mother pay her bills.

The accused said the incidents occurred after his mother told him “she ain’t feeding no 44-year-old man.” He therefore “went and do something . . . went and buy some groceries and give my mother $20 to put in she pocket.”

Murrell also insisted that Charlemagne-Mayers “give me $80, she ain’t give me no $300.” He remarked that he would like to “pay back people their money” with a day’s pay which is due to him.

Magistrate Frederick told Murrell that he was “a very intelligent man . . .  I am sorry you didn’t put it to good use.”

After hearing that he was sentenced to three months on each month to run consecutively, Murrell asked the court: “I don’t mean to be disrespectful or anything. But you really feel putting a man in prison will make he change?”

“I know it might not change you…although I would hope it would. But society will be protected from you,” the magistrate replied.

10 Responses to Murrell admits to three counts of stealing money

  1. Zeke Fahrid
    Zeke Fahrid May 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

    “you really feel that putting a man in prison will make him change?”…Question is what purpose is imprisonment suppose to serve?.. Rehabilitation…. Deterrent… Or Punishment? Given its the first, are any programmes or measures put in place during incarceration to foster awareness of the particular wrong doin?… If it’s meant to be a deterrent, our new facility Dodds is a fully air-conditioned prison which offers Free meals, safe clean surroundings, freshly laundered clothing, the cells are almost en suite… If it’s a punishment, some people can easily adapt to punishment and become quite immune especially when the measures aren’t stringent enough.

  2. Christopher Donawa
    Christopher Donawa May 5, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Thanks CAG. This guy wass a menace who preyed on unsuspecting females for quite sometime. I’m glad that he has been caught and that at least for a few months he will not be around but what happens when he comes out with the same ingrained attitude?

    • Camilla Greaves
      Camilla Greaves May 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

      I think one of the problems is that everyone is looking for a “deal”. How do you give someone $300 to go and bring products for you? The story alone would make me suspicious. The answer is that he will find more gullible people when he comes out and changes his MO.

    • Christopher Donawa
      Christopher Donawa May 5, 2015 at 11:42 am

      We twice put written public service announcements and went on the radio telling people what we were hearing and giving them advice on how to proceed. I had reports that he went to the same place twice even after we had been notified of the first vist and told them not to entertain him and to call the police. He was caught on camera and his picture circulated and people still reportedly gave him their hard earned money without question…SMH

  3. Dacia Bynoe
    Dacia Bynoe May 5, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    He came to me but I was never going to put my money in his hands like that never !!

  4. Ernest T Moona
    Ernest T Moona May 5, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    this guy is so sick, you mean he`s not going to learn his lesson , he`ll wait until someone take his life foolishly .

  5. Sheryl Maxine Greaves-Smi
    Sheryl Maxine Greaves-Smi May 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    He’s BOLD in so many ways…Lock him up and if it changeth him not keepeth him to be meat for others.

  6. Mark Boyce
    Mark Boyce May 5, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    He want locking tuh hell way…he bold as ahh haa to ask a magistrate wha use it is to lock he up….add another month for ur mouth. No sympathy sorry. He should be in a quarry digging rocks till supper.

  7. Mhizz Joan Moore
    Mhizz Joan Moore May 5, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    He will come back out an do the same thing

  8. Alex Alleyne May 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Sea weed need cleaning . Go do some.


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