Woman steals body wash and perfume

A 51-year-old paralegal, who stole two items from Cave Shepherd, has been remanded to Dodds prison for the next 28 days.

Juliette Patricia Merritt-Bailey, of Parish Land, Christ Church, admitted before Magistrate Douglas Frederick today to stealing a $40 body wash and a $39.90 perfume belonging to the establishment on December 19.

According to the prosecutor, Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim, a security officer on duty observed Merritt-Bailey, who had an umbrella in her hand while in the cosmetic section of the store, taking the Victoria Secret body wash from the shelf. She then placed the item in the same hand as the umbrella before proceeding to the first floor of the store via the escalator.

The guard followed but when Merritt-Bailey was spotted again, the cosmetic item was no longer visible. It was at the point that she was approached and asked about the item, which she said was in her bag.

A check was made and the two items were found in a plastic bag.

However, Merritt-Bailey reportedly told the guard that she was in the habit of putting items into her bag before heading to the cashier for payment.

“I am not here to defend my actions. I always shop at Cave Shepherd . . . . What I am saying is that I am pleading for your mercy,” Merritt-Bailey, who has another theft case pending, told the magistrate.

However, Frederick made it clear to the woman that she could not shop in that manner.

“I am not making excuses. I did what I did and I take responsibility,” Merritt-Bailey replied.

She is expected to know her fate on January 17.

26 Responses to Woman steals body wash and perfume

  1. Shoni Boyce
    Shoni Boyce December 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    if she went work without a bath for a few days….I sure someone would have offered her dem things

    • Larry Thompson
      Larry Thompson December 20, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Regardless could have been handle different. Don’t see why she should have be remanded .just deal with the matter one time .a fine a community service.dont think she is known to the court

      • Annie December 21, 2017 at 12:47 pm

        She is known to the court. She has other matters namely theft pending..which is why she was remanded

    • Shoni Boyce
      Shoni Boyce December 20, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      the system is messed up a man beat a woman and got fine $100 explain that! its crazy

    • Kay Rose
      Kay Rose December 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Not a first offence. Another theft case pending. Smh

  2. Marina Taylor
    Marina Taylor December 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Paralegal and stealing.

  3. Tracey Lorde-Williams
    Tracey Lorde-Williams December 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm


  4. Shervonne Poleon
    Shervonne Poleon December 20, 2017 at 8:01 pm


  5. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson December 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm


  6. Janet Bishop
    Janet Bishop December 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Don’t steal!!!

  7. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards December 20, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Well well well….

  8. Juno December 21, 2017 at 6:37 am

    She should know better period not to mention she is a paralegal. STUPSEE

  9. Carson C Cadogan December 21, 2017 at 7:08 am

    ”Don’t see why she should have be remanded””

    You are stupid. The woman is a thief.

    A man was recently sentenced to 12 months in Jail for stealing a $13.95 deodorant.

    Her sentence was too light. But that is the way it is in Barbados, women always get a slap on the wrist while men get the book thrown at them.

  10. Barbadosbelle December 21, 2017 at 7:33 am


    If this had happened in the U.K. it wouldn’t have even come to Court.
    Probably the store’s Security would have reclaimed the goods and the offender banned from the store.
    Police don’t even respond to a home evasion here now – they just give you a Crime Number for insurance purposes.

    At least Barbados still has an active Police Force.

    Although, even so, I do think being held 28-days over Christmas and the New Year is rather extreme.


  11. Sunshine December 21, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Why couldn’t she have been sent home to read a Martin Luther King book too? That is less criminal than chopping up someone.

  12. Rechelle December 21, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Inconsistent Justice System. It is sad that she had to be remanded for this offense.

  13. kk December 21, 2017 at 9:36 am

    yeah @shoni, a woman with a 3 week old child to feed.

  14. Chris December 21, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Wow Christmas in jail that’s a long time, not even $80, bet she won’t be caught doing that again,

  15. Showneil December 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Why are we deliberately overpopulating the St.Philip institution called “Dodds”?
    I am no legal consultant, but it is clear that a crime may have been committed. The person pleaded guilty and so could have been sentenced immediately. Why remand her to have additional free board & lodging at our expense. Is she a threat to society?
    I was always of the opinion that prevention of a crime was more important that the apprehension of the guilty. The Security guard would have had suspicions and could have prevented the crime by challenging the person subtly before migration to the upper floor. I think that with the non provision of bags by the vendors, using your own bag as temporary storage is accepted in some countries as practice. 28 days community service at DODDS could have been her sentence.

  16. Belfast December 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Tea leaf Paralegal. A fitting candidate for parliament.

  17. MIIB December 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    This is ludicrous! Is her risk to society so great that the citizens need to be protected? Really? She has a pending case I understand, her employment is also an aggravating factor but ……pretending to be punitive. This does not merit a spell of remand. Send her home with curfew and police reporting once/twice a week. You have no idea how much a remand for a month cost do you? You people are jokers……I’m just shocked you would remand the lady for body wash, then again people get remand for corn beef. Disgusting.

    • Belfast December 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Skipper we have to protect the modern day plantations in Bridgetown. Petty stealing from them is akin to brecking a plantation cane or grazing a cow on their sourgrass.
      We haven’t moved very far from the Yard Gap.

  18. Aaron Shepherd December 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Is this a crime or intended crime? Did she leave the establishment? Did she deny her actions of having the items on her, in the store? Is the magistrate affiliated to Dodd? Is the security guard getting a bonus for catching intended crimes in progress? Is he human? Why did he not intervene earlier? Did he set her up? Did he allow the crime or intended crime to be committed? I have so many questions.

    • Adelle Archer December 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

      This is what happens to unrepresented accused persons.

  19. Roslinda December 22, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Why are we wasting our tax payers money on small stuff? Go out there and get the. Murderers, robberers that are sticking up people and breaking and entering people houses. Please remanded for less than a hundred bucks give me a break.

  20. Andre powers December 24, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I think the judge was to harsh ,remanding the lady for so much as 28 days for a small offence like that bottom line ,im not promoting what she did but the economy is dread and with all these taxes poor people a suffer ,no one is perfect and people need to understand that depriving someone of there freedom isnt the solution .


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