Theft accused to get medical check

A 57-year-old woman who has no prior convictions has been ordered to get a medical check-up, after admitting to stealing from Woolworth & Company Barbados Limited.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick said he “would not criminalize the matter at this time”, as the woman might be suffering from a health issue because of her age.

“I don’t know what came over me. I did a foolish thing,” the cleaner from Arthur Seat, St Thomas told the magistrate after pleading guilty to stealing a pack of table napkins, two sponges, a nut cake, a pack of guava cheese, a jar of seasoning, a jar of jam, a knife set and a broom, valued at a total $50.30, from the Bridgetown store last Saturday.

The woman had been kept under observation by the security guard when she entered the store with two bags. Walking through the aisles, she picked up a number of items. She was stopped as she exited the store, and when she consented to a search, the items were found in her bag.

“I throw myself at the mercy of the court,” she said.

Magistrate Frederick granted her $700 bail, saying “she is not someone who has done this before and taking these big items means that there is no sophistication to the crime”.

He then informed the woman’s surety that she needed to be monitored and a medical check conducted soon.

The surety guaranteed the magistrate the doctor’s visit would be made by the time they returned to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on September 18.

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