‘It’s just a phone’ – Man accused of stealing cellphone tells Court

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Charged: Ex-convict Gary Grant

Ex-convict Gary Grant, 41, of Lot 24 Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown who was convicted of robbery, made yet another court appearance on Thursday where he was arraigned on a simple larceny charge.

Grant pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on April 1, 2020 at Waterloo Street, Georgetown, he stole one cellphone valued $30,000 from Denika Albert.

According to facts, on the day in question, the former convict visited the business place of the Virtual Complainant (VC) and asked to purchase a pair of footwear, which the victim went to fetch. The court heard that after Albert left, the defendant picked up her cellphone which she had left on a table, and made good his escape. The victim raised an alarm after she observed Grant running away and her phone missing. A constable nearby responded and arrested the defendant.

After presenting the facts, the prosecution objected to bail being granted on the grounds that the defendant was convicted and sentenced for similar offences.

However, in his defence, Grant told the Magistrate that he only stole the phone and not ‘murder something’ as he pleaded for bail.

As such, the Magistrate released the defendant $25,000 bail and adjourned the case until May 21, 2020.

Grant was previously convicted and sentenced to 12 months in prison for four charges, including larceny and escaping from lawful custody. He was recently released from prison.