Region 1 teen jailed for stealing $187,000 in food, cosmetics

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David Emanuel, 17, of the North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), was slapped with a six-month jail term by Magistrate Judy Latchman when he appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday afternoon.

The charge against the miner read that between September 21 and 22, 2017, at Yarakita Village, Region One, he broke and entered the premises of Ann Wilburg, therein stealing a quantity of food and cosmetics valued at $187,000.

Police facts allege that the woman secured her premises and retired to bed, but was awakened by a noise in her shop. Arming herself with a torch light, she went to investigate and came upon the defendant in her shop who allegedly dealt her several slaps to the face before she raised an alarm.

The matter was reported to the Police who pressed charges against the defendant.
Emanuel admitted to the offence and told the court that he was influenced by his friends, who also played a role in the crime. According to the teen, his accomplices made their escape, but he was not swift enough and was caught.

The defendant admitted that he previously had a matter before the North West court for stealing and beheading a cow.

Magistrate Latchman, having considered mitigating factors before the court, then handed down her ruling.

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